Security outfits fortify defences

Exasperated by warding off scores of diverse security attacks, enterprises are seeking to infuse their networks with more proactive security management and more intelligent perimeter defences.

          Exasperated by warding off scores of diverse security attacks, enterprises are seeking to infuse their networks with more proactive security management and more intelligent perimeter defences.

          Attempting to meet this demand, the Computer Security Institute (CSI) Security Conference in Chicago this week will see a handful of security vendors unveil a host of point products designed to remedy trouble spots for customers, ranging from ease-of-use, content inspection, and event management.

          Vendors such as Securify, Intellitactics, e-Security, and Cogentric will introduce products to help pinpoint brewing threats and vulnerabilities.

          Despite several large security players touting the benefits of a security infrastructure that is unified under one vendor, customers' prior security investments within heterogeneous environments are leading them toward self-integration, says Laura Koetzle, an analyst at Boston-based Forrester Research.

          "Point-product management is the nirvana, but to be a security management product you have to have pretty good integration with all the security products," Koetzle says.

          "In security, where everything changes so quickly, [customers] will never go for a single-vendor approach," Koetzle says.

          As the level of blended attacks and multiple access points continue to expand, customers cannot "keep up" without stronger guidance toward what is critical from log and security-device data pouring in, Koetzle adds.

          At the CSI conference, Intellitactics will announce its beefed-up Unified Security Management software, featuring an Advanced Analytics module that monitors security threats to identify patterns, said Paul Sop, CTO of Kitchener, Ontario-based Intellitactics.

          E-Security will launch e-Security Advisor, which leverages Symantec's SecurityFocus vulnerability database to offer quick incident research and remediation measures for mercurial attacks.

          Cogentric will launch its risk-management-driven Alcon 1.0 application. The software ties together security product information to provide "scorecard" views of a customer's business, management, and vulnerability and remediation status.

          Meanwhile, Securify is set to announce its updated SecurVantage suite, which features enhanced context-specific automated policy generation.

          Another escalating security headache that is plaguing enterprises, noted Forrester's Koetzle, is how porous network perimeters have become.

          In response to that need, Silicon Defense will use CSI to launch Sentarus CounterStealth, an IDS (intrusion detection system) appliance capable of centrally managing anomalies, port-scan detections, and event correlation under surveillance.

          ForeScout Technologies is also on the trail, planning to announce its Active Scout Enterprise Solution, which resides in front of the firewall.

          Security exposures at CSI

          Attendees to face a myriad of security announcements.

          * IBM Tivoli Access Manager has been integrated with Daon for biometric authentication and SSO (single sign-on).

          * RSA Security and PKWare will mix RSA BSafe encryption into future versions of PKZIP tools.

          * Neoteris will unveil Access 1000, 3000, 5000 series.

          * Finjan Software will introduce SurfinGate 7.0 platform.

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