IBM Releases Free Security Tools for Java Developers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-06-22 Print this article Print

The two new security tools from Big Blue encrypt and protect data moving through Java-based network applications.

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif.—IBM on June 22 released two new free software security tools for Java software developers—one that improves protection of data moving through Java-based network applications and another that automatically embeds data encryption at its origin point.

IBM has made the tools available for free download via AlphaWorks, its developer-oriented Web site that offers free software tools.
Stuart McIrvine, IBM director of corporate security strategy and a speaker at an SDForum security conference here, said that these new tools are part of Big Blues renewed effort toward bringing more security process management tools to a greater number of developers.
"Our customers are concerned, because they believe cyber-criminals are organized, and they arent," McIrvine said. "So we see as a growth opportunity the federated identification space—which is sort of like having an international passport that many countries trust." The IBM Secure Shell Library for Java automatically encrypts data—including passwords and other information within files—as it moves from device to device, whether it be a desktop, mainframe or handheld computer. It is built upon the SSH (secure shell) industry reference standard for secure data transmission. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., also released Security Workbench Development Environment for Java so developers can configure and validate Java applications that support both Java and the OSGI (Open Services Gateway Initiative) industry security standards, an IBM spokesperson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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