Cisco, Lucent, Network Associates and Sun have formed a Security Research Alliance (SRA) to promote forward looking research into network security, which they hope will result in marketable products.
Alliance members will meet on a regular basis to establish how they can collaborate together and to present their security research projects. They hope this will increase the odds of such projects resulting in marketable products, and also intend to make joint bids for new research contracts from the US government and other funding sources.
The SRA hopes to attract additional members, and also intends to communicate information about advanced security research projects to a broader audience. It currently believes that vendors tend to be reactive rather than proactive when dealing with security issues, for example, tending to wait for the press to draw attention to a security leak before posting a patch for it.
As a result, the body plans to organise an annual Security Research Crystal Ball Symposium, with the first scheduled for 13 April 1999 in Los Angeles, on the eve of Spring Internet World.
Kevin Ziese, Cisco?s manager of network security research, said: "We think it is very important to look far out in the future in network security," with one key area being intrusion detection.
Terry Benzel, vice president of Network Associates? NAI Labs Advanced Security Research division, is acting chairman of SRA, and its Web site is located at http://www.securityresearch.com.
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