NetIQ Corp. next week at Microsoft Corp.s TechEd Conference in New Orleans will launch a security extension to the Microsoft Operations Manager along with a new release of its NetIQ Security Manager.
The San Jose, Calif., company is extending the MOM console to allow existing users to perform intrusion detection, security event monitoring and reporting for Microsoft Windows and Internet Information Servers.
NetIQ, which licensed the underlying technology for MOM to Microsoft over a year ago, has been extending the functionality of MOM through a series of integrated offerings.
The latest extension, the Security Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager, is a suite of three modules that address security event monitoring and integration. The Extended Management Pack (XMP) for Microsoft Windows Security module includes security knowledge for Windows and IIS security event monitoring and automated response. The XMP for NetIQ Security Analyzer allows MOM operators to monitor NetIQs Security Analyzer from the MOM console, and it forwards vulnerability events scanned by Security Analyzer into MOM. The XMP ModuleSet for Anti-Virus Applications integrates MOM with best-of-breed anti-virus programs from Symantec Corp., Trend Micro Inc. and Network Associates Inc.
The suite in its security event monitoring can detect user account changes, detect misconfigurations in an IIS server and shut down unknown processes if they start running on an IIS server, according to Scott Hollis, director of product management at NetIQ, in Houston.
The suite also includes NetIQs trademark Active Analytics, which provides rules and knowledge out of the box as well as reporting and charting focused on Windows security events, Hollis said. Active Analytics are included in all extended management packs for MOM.
It is available now and starts at $474 per CPU.
NetIQ Security Manager Version 3.5 adds new support for Cisco Secure PIX Firewall and Internet Security Systems RealSecure. The tool connects to a variety of vendors security offerings and provides a centralized console.
With the proliferation of point tools that address specific capabilities in security management, there is a need for an overall security management platform that can consolidate the various functions, believes Pete Lindstrom, director of security strategies at Hurwitz Group Inc. in Philadelphia.
"We need as centralized a console as we can get to start managing events across the enterprise. The goal in the threat management space is to make sense of these different events," he said.
The new NetIQ Security Manager release is available now and starts at $900 per server and $35 per workstation.
NetIQ will also preview at TechEd Version 5.0 of its Security Analyzer, which will add support for Unix and provide better performance. It will be available late in the second quarter.
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