JNetDirect Preps Java Application Security Tool

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2003-11-26
JNetDirect Inc. next week will announce the availability of JSecureConnect, its Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver that enables secure access to a variety of databases.

In addition, the company plans to introduce its JSQL-Mapper product into beta release in December, according to Burke Cox, president and CEO of Herndon, Va.-based JNetDirect. Expected to be released by February 2004, JSQL Mapper visually maps XML documents to relational data sources without impacting previous optimization.

JSecureConnect can be plugged into existing Java applications to apply authentication and encryption without adding any new code changes. The database driver applies a server component between the database and the client to expose database capabilities through HTTPS filtering proxy, while also applying Secure Sockets Layer protection and passing data through back-end Microsoft Windows NT authentication.

"You dont have to go buy an extra security product to sit on top of a Java application [for improved security]; it may be as simple as just replacing your Java driver," Cox said.

JSecureConnect provides firewall tunneling JDBC to leading databases including Oracle, DB2, MySQL and Microsoft Access.

Cox said JNetDirect is working on a Java driver and 64-bit offering aimed specifically at the new version of Microsoft SQL Server due sometime next year, code-name "Yukon." Company officials recently met with Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft to discuss the software giants interest in possibly licensing JNetDirect technology for a Java application driver, he confirmed.

If JNetDirects Java Database Connectivity product lines sound familiar, theres good reason. The company formed as the result of Herndon, Va.-based application security and integration provider Juldi Inc.s acquisition last August of Java database driver vendor and Boulder, Colo.-based NetDirect LLC.

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