By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-02-17 Print this article Print

As the Internet becomes increasingly vulnerable to identity theft, enterprises are looking for products that can protect them from potential significant losses. Confidence Online Portal Edition from WholeSecurity Inc., in Austin, Texas, hopes to address this issue. The product, which looks at the behaviors and fabric of running applications, identifies and disables known and unknown Trojans and other malicious attacks to protect end users from identity theft. Taking a page from the Honeypot Project, ForeScout Technologies Inc., in San Mateo, Calif., launched its ForeScout Global Early Warning System (GEWS), a subscriber-based solution that provides real-time information on potential enterprise security threates. The Global Earning Warning System watches port scans and sniffer attacks from around the world and isolates the IP address and owner of the IP address from which an attack is coming from. To verify that the activity is really malicious, the system automatically responds with counterfeit information the IT address is looking for. When the hacker uses that information, they are then pinpointed as an attacker.
While security products dominated the first day of DEMO 2004, a number of vendors also introduced products designed to create efficiencies within corporate computing environments.
Beyond securing the enterprise, enterprise IT managers are struggling to manage the growing number of pieces in their computing environments. Many are now turning to infrastructure automation software to ease the configuration process. mValent Inc., in Tewksbury, Mass., demonstrated the mValent Infrastructure Automation Suite, software designed to allow IT managers to manage and automate the configuration of across a vast number of devices and software applications. Symbol Technologies Inc. used its six-minute demonstration slot to release the WS 2000 Wireless Switch. The product, which combines a built-in Ethernet switch, power injectors, a firewall and storage capacity for mobile users, is aimed at providing mobility applications to branch offices and small-to-medium businesses.The WS 2000 also enables IT managers to deploy segmented public and private networks using what Symbol calls virtual AP (access point) technology on one system. And IMlogic Inc., in Waltham, Mass., demonstrated how enterprises can bring instant messaging and presence to business applications through its IMlogic IM Linkage application server. IT managers struggling to come up with a way to measure the value of deploying products launched at Demo may want to turn to Memento Inc.s Memento Software Suite. The software application allows IT managers to model their expectations and how an application is meant to be used. It then monitors those applications to measure and monitor the actual value realized after deployment. Memento is based in Concord, Mass.

As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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