IBM bakes Cisco security into chip

Monday, 26 August 2002, 9:49 AM EST

IBM hopes by year's end to deliver notebooks with built-in security chips that are integrated with a wireless authentication and encryption technology developed by Cisco.

Big Blue plans to extend LEAP - which stands for Lightweight EAP (Extensible Access Protocol) - out to its security chips. Cisco's LEAP authenticates users accessing Cisco networks at the edge of the network.

"We're working on enhancing the LEAP protocol to use our chip to do secure storage and to support encryption," said Clain Anderson, the personal computing division's director of client security at IBM.

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