The contributions from third-party vendors span both software and hardware: Microsoft Corp.s server software; Trend Micro Inc.s anti-virus and anti-spam software; Symantec Corp.s anti-virus and firewall software; Sygate Inc.s end-point security agent technology; Harris Corp.s trusted computing systems; Trustgenix Inc.s federated sign-on and user authentication technology; Kensington Technology Groups locking devices for PC physical security; and Credant Technologies Inc.s security products for mobile computers. The suite also includes vulnerability detection along with threat analysis and response tools that can assign severity and criticality levels as well as suggest effective responses or remedial actionIn addition, the package provides investigation and forensic analysis features that will allow organizations to assess the damage and costs of malware attacks. This will help companies when working with legal and law enforcement authorities to prosecute attackers if they can be identified. The concept of a comprehensive security bundle for SMBs sounded potentially useful to Mike Hogan, CEO of Zixxo Inc. of Belmont, Calif. Zixxo is preparing to launch a new nationwide online classified advertisement service that will compete with the well-known Craigs List online classified ad service. To read about AT&Ts "Project Gemini" initiative to provide a portfolio of managed network security tools and services, click here. Zixxo currently uses HPs Internet Security Acceleration Server, developed in conjunction with Microsoft, that combines a firewall, VPN (virtual private network) and cache server functions, Hogan said. "What we are currently using is more of a best-of-breed point solution," Hogan said. "Now the idea of having a complete solution that addresses all of those other aspects with virus protection and intrusion detection is something we would be very interested in," Hogan said. His company has already obtained adequate virus protection for its desktops, laptops and servers, he said. But having an automated system that can detect and suppress infections from newly emerging viruses would be interesting to Zixxo, he said. For home PCs, HP is offering a PC Security Initiative, which provides a combination of anti-virus and anti-spam software along with dedicated online security support with one-hour e-mail response on security questions. It also offers real-time chat for PC users who want help setting up new security systems or who are trying to troubleshoot security problems. These services will be provided at no charge for HP PCs that are now under warranty, company officials said. HP will also provide virus alert classes that will be held via the phone during major virus outbreaks. Other recorded security tutorials are available on the Web. An HP Help and Support Center will support performance and security diagnostic software installed notebooks. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
Other services in the package include network-intrusion detection and response that can thwart attempts by hackers to gain access to corporate data, HP said. The suite can also watch for denial-of-service attacks and provide an early warning for system administrators to take action and head off the attack before it causes significant service disruption.