On the eve of a major networking trade show, Hewlett-Packard
and Network Associates
joined more than a dozen
other vendors in announcing new security offerings.
HP today released new versions of its Praesidium VirtualVault, secure
operating system and its Authorization Server, which grants access to parts
of a corporate network or to specific types of data to users. Network
Associates announced a new version of its enterprise antivirus software.
Also making security announcements today in
advance of this week's Network+Interop trade show in Atlanta
were IBM on smart cards, encryption
company Certicom, Hi/fn, and others.
In addition, Entrust Technologies
outlined its virtual private network strategy, and other VPN companies also
made news. (See related story.)
HP trumpeted integration between the new versions 3.1 of Virtual Vault
and Authorization Server.
"They can be bought separately or work together in tandem," said Julie
Rockell, product marketing manager for VirtualVault. "HP is trying to get
beyond point solutions by integrating with partners. That eliminates the
trade-offs between the opportunities of the Net and the risk of exposing
all mission-critical applications."
VirtualVault, a hardened version of Unix, complements firewalls and routers
by protecting Web servers and applications. Authorization Server 3.1 "snaps
into" VirtualVault 3.1 and provides selective access to Web-enabled
applications, Web pages, Web applets, and CGI scripts without changing any
of them. Access is controlled by business rules based on user identity and
specific limits on transactions being performed.
Authorization Server authenticates users via user names and passwords,
hardware tokens, Kerberos-based security tickets, or digital certificates.
Network Associates announced VirusScan 4.0 Enterprise Edition, its flagship
antivirus software that integrates Network Associates own McAfee technology
with antivirus code from Dr Solomon's, which it acquired in June.
VirusScan 4.0 combines desktop detection of more than 22,000 viruses,
Active X and Java hostile applets, Internet and corporate e-mail infection,
and security threats like Back Orifice and Net Bus.
Network Associates also announced a strategy based on its AutoImmune
technology, which automatically detects, removes, and creates cures for
previously unknown viruses that could infiltrate corporate networks. The
technology will be integrated with the companies Total Virus Defense
AutoImmune Server, the cornerstone of the AutoImmune technology, will be
available in the second quarter of 1999. This antivirus tool will provide
automated detection and automatic updates, aiming to cut how much time
taken up resolving virus outbreaks.
Also, HP and crypto chip manufacturer Hi/fn said they have a technical system
that will allow manufacturers of routers and other network devices to
export strong cryptography with hardware acceleration using Hi/fn's 7751
In other security news at N+I: Elliptic curve cryptography vendor Certicom said Comtron, which