What Siemens ICN brings to the table is a smart card operating system and identity management tools based on its Lightweight Directory Access Protocol-based MetaDirectory products, which can be used to create a single directory that other subsystems can read from and synchronize with, according to Meaney. Siemens ICN combined its HiPath MetaDirectory with smart card products to provide an identity management system for electronic transactions. Siemens will also leverage smart card technology to create a digital-signature product to allow enterprises to digitally sign and encypt electronic messages and other electronic documents to make them legally binding.Siemens ICN will also offer managed security services from a new network operations center its building in Irving, Texas, that will provide management of customer VPNs, firewalls and intrusion detection systems, including monitoring, performance management, configuration management and patch release updates. Siemens is targeting midsized enterprises that dont have the security expertise or resources to develop such expertise with the new portfolio. If priced right, that market represents a "greenfield" market opportunity," Meaney said. Latest Security News:
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These new offerings, packaged into the new portfolio, are just the beginning in Siemens ICNs security initiative. "We intend over time to marry event correlationphysical security breaches with IT network security breaches. We see a tremendous uptick over time of this notion of IT and physical security interwoven and managed together," said Meaney.