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Security Startup Spawns New Hardware

Ingrian Networks Inc. today unveiled new technology for securing critical credit card and Social Security data, while tremors from a recent MasterCard security breach rumble on (see Ingrian Upgrades DataSecure).

The snafu at MasterCards partner, CardSystems Solutions Inc., is the latest in a string of high-profile IT security breaches. Others include headline-hitting data privacy breaks involving ChoicePoint and LexisNexis (see Don't Be a Data Privacy Dunce and CardSystems Responds to Security Incident).

This is the stuff of nightmares for the financial services industry, but it is the opposite for Ingrian. The Redwood City, Calif., vendor’s DataSecure appliances automatically encrypt blocks of data, including those containing customers’ financial information (see Security Startup Gets All Cryptic). The devices work with databases from the likes of Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM).

Having established a reputation in this corner of the security market, Ingrian is now looking to boost the DataSecure platform's performance through new processor technology. Today, it launched a single-processor, 1U-high i311 and two dual-processor, 2U-high devices, the i321 and i325.

Like its SR1200 and SR2400 devices, the new DataSecure boxes rely on Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) processors. However, the new appliances use 2.8GHz Xeon chips, as opposed to the 1.26GHz Pentium 3 processor in the SR1200 and SR2400.

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