Interoperability Remains Elusive

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-04-23 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marty Roesch, the author of the popular Snort freeware intrusion detection system, whom I caught up with at this month's RSA Security Conference, told me that, vendor hype notwithstanding, none of the products at the show really work with one another.

Marty Roesch, the author of the popular Snort freeware intrusion detection system, whom I caught up with at this months RSA Security Conference, told me that, vendor hype notwithstanding, none of the products at the show really work with one another.

Worse, Roesch said, "there is no one product that can tie all the information from these tools together." IT managers should take this observation to heart when implementing a security strategy because many vendors tout integration as a feature of their products.

Most security products produce copious log files and alerts, but each sends this information to its own console. Roesch said there isnt much hope for the emergence of a standards body that can generalize interoperability and validate claims made by vendors.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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