New Platforms

By Matt Hines  |  Posted 2007-01-29 Print this article Print

Boca Raton, Fla.-based ScriptLogic launched its newest security management platform for Microsofts Windows products, dubbed Security Explorer 6.0. The network administration specialist is touting a redesigned user interface, new systems controls, and support for Microsofts new Vista operating system in the offering, which is available immediately.

Benefits of the new interface, according to company officials, include faster performance and greater flexibility for administrators running the program to manage different versions of Microsofts Windows workstations and servers, along with centralized management of file security for such devices.

Security management applications maker NitroSecurity, Portsmouth, N.H., introduced its newest appliance, which aims to aid businesses in the oversight of operational and network defenses against internal and external attacks.
Labeled as NitroView ESM (Enterprise Security Manager), the device claims advanced network-based threat mitigation capabilities, combining security event management and network behavior analysis into a single platform.

By embedding its relational database (NitroEDB) on the appliance, the company said it has boosted the products ability to provide real-time traffic analysis and security event management, including deep packet aggregation and correlation for an extremely large volume of files at one time. The product is available immediately.

Officials with Novells Project Bandit open-source authentication effort, and the Eclipse Higgins Project, which backs development of open-source tools, announced the achievement of a key milestone in their ongoing joint development of identity services. The two groups are working to create standards-based tools that allow companies to better integrate IT systems authentication capabilities, in the name of allowing such systems to work together more smoothly and with less customization.

Based on working code provided by the two projects, along with submissions from other developers, the teams announced that they have created a reference application to show off the promise of open-source identity services that are interoperable with Microsofts Windows CardSpace identity management system, that also allow for ID federation via Novells Access Manager platform. The research groups are touting the application as the first of its kind and will demonstrate how it works at the RSA show in early February.

Infrastructure specialist Extreme Networks, Santa Clara, Calif., made a handful of security improvements to its operating system, the new version of which is dubbed ExtremeXOS version 11.6, adding new capabilities for interaction with so-called NAC (Network Access Control) technologies.

The company is specifically touting the ability of the software to strengthen security policy enforcement to ward off attacks via switch-based enforcement, and allow network administrators to install NAC systems more securely. The updated ExtremeXOS OS is being made available by the company today.

Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Ryan Naraines eWEEK Security Watch blog.


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