Officials in charge of coordinating the upcoming RSA Conference 2007, being held in San Franciscos Moscone Center from Feb. 5-10, said that this years security industry trade show will be larger than ever before.
If the sheer volume of new products planned for introduction at the annual confab are an indicator of the events overall size, the RSA managers arent exaggerating.
Sandra Toms LaPedis, area vice president and general manager of RSA Conferences, said in an interview with eWEEK that the increasingly popular show will likely see more new product launches than in any of its 15 previous shows.
Everyone from anti-virus vendors to networking companies and compliance specialists are expected to roll out technologies between keynote presentations from the likes of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Among the technology providers planning to bring new products to market at RSA 2007 are a nearly full range of the security industrys biggest names. Those firms willing to provide a sneak peak at the tools they plan to introduce at the show include McAfee, TippingPoint, Qualys, Oracle, CA, Novell and Kaspersky.
McAfee, based in Santa Clara, Calif., will expand its footprint in the emerging DLP (data loss prevention) market, which has spurred forward over the last year with a series of high-profile incidents involving stolen laptops, systems intrusions and suspected insider attacks.
On Mon. Feb. 5, the company will introduce McAfee DLP Host, which the no. 2 security software maker identifies as a comprehensive package for preventing the leakage of confidential data via malicious and unintentional means.
TippingPoint, based in Austin, Texas and the security division of networking giant 3Com, is planning to launch its newest NAC (network access control) technology, an appliance that promises to help companies manage and enforce security policies required of devices that attempt to log onto their networks.
Dubbed TippingPoint NAC Policy Enforcer, the device serves as a management component for the companys collection of access control technologies, including its Policy Server, Services Server and endpoint NAC Client products.
With the market for NAC technologies heating up, with entries from a number of networking firms and stand-alone technology providers, TippingPoint executives said they will differentiate from the crowd by focusing on every element of the device authentication process, including so-called post-admission checks, which monitor machines for suspicious behavior even after theyve been admitted to an organizations IT systems.
Hosted security applications provider Qualys, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., will announce a completely revamped version of its outsourced security auditing and vulnerability management services package, labeled QualysGuard 5.0.
Among the improvements touted in the new service offering, which is meant to replace similar on-premise security applications, are a new user interface, speedier vulnerability scanning, new reporting capabilities and a set of APIs (applications programming interfaces) that aim to help users integrate the system with other technologies.
Qualys will also announce a new partnership with infrastructure security specialists VeriSign, of Mountain View, Calif. Under the deal, VeriSign will offer a branded version of Qualys risk and compliance management tools as part of its own Managed Security Services offerings.
Database giant Oracle, also based in Redwood Shores, will release a handful of new technologies to help customers integrate user identity management systems across various technologies, including its enterprise software systems.
Among the announcements planned by the company is a new Enterprise Manager Pack, which promises to allow enterprises to centrally monitor and manage identity systems—a key element of IT security—across heterogeneous computing environments.
The company will confirm certification of its Identity Management technology with its Oracle E-Business Suite 12 and Siebel 8 business applications and detail future plans to extend support for its PeopleSoft Enterprise 9 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 applications, to be delivered by June 2007.