Siemens Looks to Wed IT, Physical Security

 
 
By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Siemens ICN next week will outline its plan to marry physical security and network/information security in a wide-ranging initiative.

Siemens AG subsidiary Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc. next week will outline its plan to marry physical security and network/information security in a wide-ranging initiative. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based Siemens ICN unit on Monday will debut its HiPath Sicurity Solutions portfolio of products and services geared toward network and application-level security for IP networks. The portfolio includes consulting services, risk-assessment and management tools, network and system security, smart card-based access control and digital signatures as well as provisioning and identity management with Siemens HiPath MetaDirectory tools. "Were looking at it from across the Siemens operating companies. This is about a holistic approach to support customers from early assessment through design, implementation and operation," said Chris Meaney, director of secure networks for Siemens Enterprise Networks, in Atlanta.
Other Siemens units provide physical security systems to control access into sensitive areas, CATV monitoring, tracking of hard assets as they move around an enterprise, and facial recognition technology.
The five building blocks in the HiPath Sicurity Solutions offering include identity management; IP-based security including firewalls, intrusion detection systems and VPN; consulting and design services; mobile security and smart card infrastructure. Many of those building blocks are "best of breed" offerings from third-party providers. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is supplying firewall, VPN and Quality of Service software; Nokia is providing hardened firewall appliances; Bell ID B.V. is providing smart card management software; Entrust is supplying PKI and single sign-on technologies; and Gemplus S.A. is providing smart card hardware.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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