N+I - Security answers touted

Enterprises on the lookout for answers to security struggles have plenty of wares to pick from here at the NetWorld+Interop 2004 conference, as vendors such as FaceTime Communications, RedSiren, and Senforce Technologies introduced offerings.

Enterprises on the lookout for answers to security struggles have plenty of wares to pick from here at the NetWorld+Interop 2004 conference, as vendors such as FaceTime Communications, RedSiren, and Senforce Technologies introduced offerings.

FaceTime at the show unveiled Version 5.0 of its IM Auditor real-time communications security and compliance offering. IM Auditor 5.0 features integration with MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises for securing IM communications outside the corporate network. The integration provides namespace management, which allows MSN contact list names to be created from the corporate directory, according to Alex Sherstinsky, director of products at FaceTime.

The integration with MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises also allows enterprises to extend centralised management, security, and auditing of IM beyond the firewall to include communication occurring from a smart phone, home office, or other handheld device.

"Employees, if provisioned, can IM with customers and partners at locations other than the corporate network without need for a VPN. And they are managed according to company policies and audited," Sherstinsky said.

Also new in Version 5.0 is antivirus scanning of file transfers through integration with Symantec, Network Associates, and Trend Micro antivirus engines; integration with EMC Centera for IM storage; and extended support for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003.

Targeting vulnerability management, RedSiren introduced its RedSiren CVM (Continuous Vulnerability Management) service, which is designed to continuously identity vulnerabilities that can be exploited inside a corporate infrastructure, according to RedSiren officials.

Another security vendor at show, Fortinet, rolled out its FortiGuard Web Filtering service, which lets enterprises safeguard their networks from unauthorised Web content without the need for local URL database servers. Part of the company's antivirus firewall product line, the FortiGuard Web Filtering service, contains a URL database with information on 5 million URLs and 80 content categories. The service can either deny or allow requested Web pages based on the corporate policy defined for each user, according to Fortinet officials.

Zeroing in on wireless security, Senforce at the show added storage device control functionality to its EMSM (Enterprise Mobile Security Manager) Version 2.5. The enhancement is designed to prevent data theft on mobile computers by extending mobile security policies to include all storage options on laptops.

Columbitech AB, meanwhile, used N+I to unveil a new Enterprise Server Edition of its Columbitech Wireless Suite. The Enterprise Server Edition provides additional tools for managing security and access control for wireless devices entering the corporate network remotely. New features include the capability to direct a security-compromised wireless device to a quarantine server, where it can be patched or updated before it is granted access to the corporate server. Furthermore, Enterprise Server Edition supports differentiation of user access rights based on wireless user roles and trusted zones, which lets administrators optimise networks by allowing non-encrypted data traffic through safe networks such as the office LAN, according to Columbitech officials.

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