Bidding for a larger role in network security, Internet Security Systems
today announced an alliance of 40 network infrastructure players that will create a unified way for enterprises to manage switches, routers, firewalls, antivirus software, and other security and network components.
The new Adaptive Network Security Alliance (ANSA) includes
networking players like 3Com, Compaq, Lucent, MCI/Worldcom, Nokia, and Nortel Networks.
ISS' ambition for ANSA is to make it easier for network managers to control
disparate devices and monitor security on their networks from a single
point-in this case ISS' recently introduced SAFEsuite Decisions software. Although several companies offer security consoles to simplify
network or security management, ISS' aim is more far-reaching.
"This is a strategic initiative to develop a framework that will allow
management of security-based on monitoring, detecting, and responding to
security threats across the entire infrastructure," ISS president Tom
Although ANSA's charter members include a number of security firms--firewall
company Check Point Software and
antivirus player Trend Micro--two security players with similar centralized management schemes are conspicuously absent, Network Associates and Axent.
However, two giants in network management software, Hewlett-Packard and IBM subsidiary Tivoli Systems are part of ANSA.