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ICSA Gang Rolls out Security Specs

At a time when users are becoming increasingly concerned about protecting their precious data center applications, help may be at hand from an alliance of security vendors (see Security Vendors Join Forces).

More accustomed to locking horns than joining arms, F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV), Imperva, NetContinuum Inc., and Teros unveiled a new set of standards for security products at the Computer Security Institutes annual conference in Washington, D.C.

In a nutshell, the vendors have defined a core set of requirements for security products, which have in turn been ratified by testing company ICSA Labs. Key criteria include ability to protect server operating systems and underlying Web application infrastructures.

The vendors will now submit their own products to ICSA for testing (albeit to a set of standards they created themselves) and have invited some of the security industry’s big-hitters to do the same. This is where things get interesting.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), McAfee , and Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) have all been invited to take part in the security challenge. Teros and its new buddies have given Cisco et al until November 22 to notify ICSA Labs of their intention to take part.

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