Demo Spotlights Enterprise Security and Spam Tools

New ways to secure data and defeat spam were on display at Demo 2003.

As more and more systems and users get hooked up to public networks, and as more and more wireless networks come online, IT managers are faced with a dual threat. How do I provide ready access to all my systems and data wherever my users might be, while still protecting vital corporate access?

Security: Two of the security systems featured load applets on workstations and servers, but secure different parts of a system. The last two offer radically new ways to encrypt data, and uniquely identify users. Read more about these technologies in our Demo security wrap-up.

Spam: Now when it comes to spam, the problems different, but the result is the same. How do I keep nasty stuff out of my users systems, while not bringing too much hassle into the workday routine.

To date, most anti-spam solutions have operated on the desktop. PC Magazine recently ran an exhaustive round-up of desktop spam products. But at this years Demo, the focus was on taking those products off the corporate desktop and onto a server, where they can be centrally managed and maintained.

In our round-up of enterprise anti-Spam tools from Demo, we look at two server-based solutions and one that aims to build a registry of nasty spammers, to make it easier to identify, and block, the worst offenders.

Lower Your WAN Cost: There was one last Demo product that doesnt fit neatly into a category, yet it may offer immediate ROI to large companies. ITWorx debuted a new network appliance that will compress network traffic on either end of a WAN link, to improve throughput and save telecommunications costs.

An organization would typically place a NetCelera appliance at either end of a WAN link. Installation is simple—the device has just two Ethernet ports, one for uncompressed LAN traffic and the other for the compressed data for the WAN link. The company claims up to a 10x bandwidth savings for data, e-mail and other files—it wont help with video and other multimedia traffic, however.

The appliance supports WAN links up to 45 Mbps, or T3 speeds. Costs range from about $5,000 for two boxes on up, based on bandwidth. The product is available now.