Forty network equipment vendors have joined together to integrate their products, to help them respond more quickly to hacker alerts.
Called the Adaptive Network Security Alliance (Ansa), the group pulls together suppliers including 3Com, Check Point Technologies, Tivoli, Cyber Safe, and Hewlett Packard.
Four modules are now available to developers of network devices, enabling them to ensure that their products work with those of third parties when detecting and acting on security threats.
A decision support module helps users integrate all security log data collected from firewalls, routers and so on, into one report file.
A 'lock down kit' enables corporates to test the security of their infrastructure by setting a piece of software to hack into their network and check for unsafe areas, while the active response module warns firewalls to become more robust if a security threat is raised.
Finally, an adapative network security management tool allows companies to integrate all of these components into their existing network management systems.
Ansa was masterminded by Internet Security Systems (ISS), which develops a ?hacker in a box? product to enable companies to test the vulnerability of their network.
Kevin Black, ISS' UK sales and marketing director, said Ansa adds to Check Point?s Opsec application programming interfaces, which provide integration between the firewall layer. ?Ansa is a superset of this which can include more of the infrastructure, including switches and routers,? he added.
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