Cisco and Microsoft will collaborate on security technology in an effort to protect customers from various threats, the companies said Monday.

The two firms said they would work toward development of interoperability and network security standards.

Cisco and Microsoft said they would share information to develop compatibility between Cisco’s network admissions control and Microsoft’s network access protection.

“This coordinated approach will allow customers to integrate the embedded security capabilities of Cisco’s network infrastructure with those of Microsoft’s Windows, enabling them to choose components yet implement a single, coordinated solution,” the companies said in a joint statement. They also will seek to develop industry standards in network admissions and access controls.

Cisco described the effort as part of its self-defending network strategy.