End-To-End Products Showcased At RSA Conference

End-to-end security will be a key theme this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco as vendors fill out their product lines to offer soup-to-nuts network protection.

February 23, 2004

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End-to-end security will be a key theme this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco as vendors fill out their product lines to offer soup-to-nuts network protection.

About 150 vendors are expected to use the annual security confab, produced by Bedford, Mass.-based RSA Security, as a springboard for new security-related hardware, software and service offerings, as well as to unveil partnerships with like-minded companies.

"People are tired of point solutions, so I think the biggest thing you're going to see at the show are products that are a combination of asset management, policy management, vulnerability management and so on," said Adam Lipson, CEO of Network & Security Technologies, Pearl River, N.Y. "Over this past year, a lot of point solution vendors failed because demand is evolving toward enterprise management platforms, encompassing many areas."

Network Associates, Santa Clara, Calif., plans to introduce additions to its McAfee and IntruShield product lines, including McAfee Active Threat Protection, an enterprise security solution designed to provide protection from the desktop to the server and to the gateway.

McAfee Active Threat Protection bundles the Virus Scan Enterprise, Desktop Firewall, GroupShield, SpamKiller, WebShield SMTP and PortalShield for Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server products, which are integrated and managed via McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, said Ryan McGee, director of product marketing for McAfee system protection solutions at Network Associates.Fortinet, meanwhile, will build on its FortiGate series of ASIC-accelerated antivirus firewalls with a new low-end model, the FortiGate 50A, and the FortiWiFi 60, a wireless access point that doubles as a complete security gateway. The FortiWiFi 60 represents Fortinet's entry into wireless security, said Richard Kagan, vice president of marketing at the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based vendor.

"The introduction of wireless is under way, and the issues of deployment can't stop with the small business," Kagan said. "Companies are still focused on connection-oriented security [with wireless], which has nothing to do with content-based threats."

The company also plans to unveil its FortiLog logging and reporting solution to aid in compliance and forensic computing.

Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems (ISS) plans to launch two stand-alone software products: Proventia Web Filter and Proventia Mail Filter, which are based on technology acquired through the company's purchase of Cobion earlier this year.

Proventia Web Filter is a content-filtering product, while Proventia Mail Filter blocks spam and controls outbound mail by using Cobion's document-fingerprinting technology to scan for sensitive data in e-mail."Studies have shown that one in five employees has sent out confidential information via e-mail," said Greg Adams, vice president of product management at ISS.PatchLink, for its part, is slated to release PatchLink Update 6.0, which builds on the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based vendor's policy-based patch and vulnerability management technology. The new version includes PatchLink Secure, a system that finds and automatically fixes or deletes vulnerabilities on a network, such as malicious code or applications. The product also includes PatchLink Distribution Point, which distributes patches to a computer that can then distribute the patches to other PCs at the same location.

In addition, Teros, Santa Clara, Calif., plans to unveil Safe Object, a new module for its Secure Application Gateway, which prevents data from leaving an application. Safe Object will allow a company to define any type of data it wants to protect. The new module complements Safe Identity, which protects social security numbers, and Safe Commerce, which protects credit card numbers.

Software giant Microsoft, meanwhile, is slated to unveil two alliances, with RSA Security and enterprise security vendor Liquid Machines.

The Microsoft-RSA partnership will "deliver a strong authentication solution for the Windows desktop," according to RSA Security. No details were available at press time.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is working to incorporate its Windows Rights Management Service (RMS) technology into the Liquid Machines security product, which enables companies to create, enforce and monitor security policies placed on data, regardless of the data's location."We're taking RMS technology and allowing Microsoft and all [other] applications in an enterprise to become RMS-aware," said Ed Gaudet, vice president of product management and marketing at Liquid Machines, Lexington, Mass.

Article appears courtesy of CRN.

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