TippingPoint Introduces Network Security Platform

TippingPoint, a 3Com subsidiary has announced the TippingPoint N-Platform, a new intrusion prevention system (IPS) platform with a newly-designed Threat Suppression Engine (TSE) that adds significant capacity for deep packet traffic inspection. The N-Platform enables the integration of multiple network protection services and provides organizations with the security automation required to help reduce total cost of security and ensure business continuity, the company said. The N-Platform further leverages the industry-leading research of TippingPoint's Digital Vaccine Labs (DVLabs) and Zero Day Initiative by incorporating security intelligence from over 1,100 external security researchers worldwide.

TippingPoint said that the N-Platform includes a modular software architecture that supports faster development and deployment of new IPS filter packages from DVLabs, as well as from customers. It also provides the foundation for development of security services that can be powered by deep packet inspection (DPI). "The evolution of the datacenter is driving demand for uncompromised security and organizations are working to reduce IT administrative costs wherever possible," said Alan Kessler, President of TippingPoint. "The introduction of our TippingPoint security platform, the integration with the H3C LAN infrastructure portfolio, and our partner ecosystem provide organizations the capability to deploy best-of-breed security solutions and help alleviate the growing OPEX cost burden," he said.

The modular design also enables further integration with third party partner security solutions including, but not limited to: vulnerability assessment and vulnerability management (VA/VM); forensics solutions; security information management (SIM) systems; and network-based anomaly detection (NBAD) products.

The redesigned Threat Suppression Engine (TSE) embedded in the N-Platform is designed to keep pace with the evolving security demands of today's enterprise networks and datacenter, the company said. This enables a significant increase in simultaneous deep packet inspection capacity for supporting future security services. The TSE architecture also enables traffic classification and rate shaping. As part of this solution, TippingPoint said that the N-Platform technology will be integrated with the LAN infrastructure equipment from H3C, providing datacenter customers with comprehensive security at any point on the network under a unified policy management framework.

The TippingPoint N-Platform is expected to be generally available in December 2009.