Demo Spotlights Enterprise Security and Spam Tools

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2003-02-19 Print this article Print

New ways to secure data and defeat spam were on display at Demo 2003.

As more and more systems and users get hooked up to public networks, and as more and more wireless networks come online, IT managers are faced with a dual threat. How do I provide ready access to all my systems and data wherever my users might be, while still protecting vital corporate access? Security: Two of the security systems featured load applets on workstations and servers, but secure different parts of a system. The last two offer radically new ways to encrypt data, and uniquely identify users. Read more about these technologies in our Demo security wrap-up. Spam: Now when it comes to spam, the problems different, but the result is the same. How do I keep nasty stuff out of my users systems, while not bringing too much hassle into the workday routine.
To date, most anti-spam solutions have operated on the desktop. PC Magazine recently ran an exhaustive round-up of desktop spam products. But at this years Demo, the focus was on taking those products off the corporate desktop and onto a server, where they can be centrally managed and maintained.
In our round-up of enterprise anti-Spam tools from Demo, we look at two server-based solutions and one that aims to build a registry of nasty spammers, to make it easier to identify, and block, the worst offenders. Lower Your WAN Cost: There was one last Demo product that doesnt fit neatly into a category, yet it may offer immediate ROI to large companies. ITWorx debuted a new network appliance that will compress network traffic on either end of a WAN link, to improve throughput and save telecommunications costs. An organization would typically place a NetCelera appliance at either end of a WAN link. Installation is simple—the device has just two Ethernet ports, one for uncompressed LAN traffic and the other for the compressed data for the WAN link. The company claims up to a 10x bandwidth savings for data, e-mail and other files—it wont help with video and other multimedia traffic, however. The appliance supports WAN links up to 45 Mbps, or T3 speeds. Costs range from about $5,000 for two boxes on up, based on bandwidth. The product is available now.

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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