Hitachi Tool Aims to Rein in Security Apps

EASI Express rad product enables interoperability.

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Hitachi Computer Products America Inc. last week unveiled a product designed to make it easier for developers to build security into their applications.

The Waltham, Mass., companys Quadrasis EASI (Enterprise Application Security Integration) Express application and Web services security tool solution is a rapid application security development version of EASI Security Unifier, said Harriet Goldman, vice president of professional services for the Hitachi unit.

EASI Express provides pre-built authentication, authorization and attribute services that enable software developers to incorporate security into applications, Goldman said. The entry-level product secures C++ and Java applications, and, when used with the Quadrasis/Xtradyne SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) Content Inspector, enables developers to create interoperable solutions among Web services and other applications.

"EASI is a solution that bridges the gap between all the various security solutions," Goldman said. "EASI is for the large-scale enterprise user, but we realized there should be an entry-level solution for developers."

"The lack of integrated security across our enterprise was the No. 1 concern for our company prior to working with Quadrasis [a division of Hitachi]," said the information security director at a global financial services company and an early user of EASI Express, who did not want to be identified. "Quadrasis enabled us to centralize and organize the multitude of disparate security products we use in the front end and back end of our enterprise."

Randy Heffner, an analyst at Giga Information Group Inc., said EASI Express serves a role in an organizations security strategy, particularly businesses that are still thinking through their strategy.

"EASI Express gives companies the ability to address a point need with some tighter application security integration," said Heffner, in Cambridge, Mass. This is an area "a lot more companies need to pay attention to—application security integration. ... When you have an application implemented across boundaries—such as a [Java 2 Enterprise Edition] and [Microsoft Corp.s] .Net—it takes a lot to secure that."

Trial copies are available on Windows 2000 and Solaris 8 for $2,995 per CPU.