HP Preparing Security Appliance

Suggesting that today's corporate firewalls may not provide adequate protection from hacker intrusions and DoS (denial of service) attacks, Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to begin offering what it calls "security appliances" sometime in 2001.

According to Roberto Medrano, general manger for HP's Internet Security Solution Division, the HP security appliance will sit directly behind a company's existing firewall and in front of Web servers. Medrano also suggested that another security appliance be placed behind any secondary firewalls that protect a company's application servers.

HP's partnering last week with BITS Financial Services Security Laboratory, based in Washington, could play a part in the development of the HP security appliance, as it gives HP added security resources that "are key to HP's overall security strategy," Medrano said in a statement.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer maker already partners with AXENT technologies to offer its Raptor Firewall for HP-UX, Windows NT, and Solaris.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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