Security Dynamics adds NT help

The company, which joined Microsoft's security alliance in May, will beef up its products for NT networks.

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Security Dynamics Technologies, which in May joined Microsoft's security alliance, tomorrow will beef up a family of security products for Windows NT networks. The announcement will flesh out earlier NT offerings from Security Dynamics to date.

Except for desktop encryption software, the new applications utilize Security Dynamics hardware token, called SecurID, a software version called SoftID, or a version that fits on a key chain.

"Windows NT is growing rapidly and we believe that in the base operating system NT, there is room to enhance and extend some security features," said Bill McQuaide, director of product marketing for Security Dynamics. "We have products today that work in NT environments, but this significantly improves our capabilities."

The NT product line will include Kane security assessment and monitoring tools, acquired in March with Intrusion Detection. To boost security of NT Domains, Security Dynamics has NT agent and server versions of its ACE security management software. Its RSA Data Security subsidiary plans to release Windows NT and Windows 98 versions of its SecurPC Desktop File Encryption software.

The assessment tool, Kane Security Analyst, helps companies evaluate the security of Windows NT installations based on specific security policies and objectives. A Novell NetWare version is also being released.

Version 3.3 of Ace/Server and Ace/Agent software, with SecurID tokens, enforce NT-based security by authenticating users for Windows NT services for NT network domain access. It also supports secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption and x.509 digital certificates.

Earlier versions already secured access to Microsoft IIS Web servers and remote access servers. The new Ace/Server software includes Year 2000 operational enhancements and a bundled Radius server, used to authenticate remote users.

Security Dynamics' security monitoring software is called Kane Security Monitor, a real-time intrusion detection system. It analyzes security and audit data to identify unauthorized activities, including compromised user IDs, password cracking attempts, privileged ID abuse, and curious users.

The RSA SecurPC desktop encryption software for Windows NT and Windows 98 scrambles data on laptops or PCs so unauthorized users can't view it. The Windows NT and Windows 98 versions are due to be available by year's end.

Ace/Server version 3.3 software is available immediately through Security Dynamics' direct sales force and its channel partners starting at $3,950 for a 25-user license, with discounts for volume purchases. Kane Security Monitor and Kane Security Analyst start at $695 per server. The RSA desktop encryption software will start at $59 with volume discounts.