Hewlett-Packard has announced a brace of Internet security packages aimed at financial institutions and sensitive extranet deployments.
The products, in HP's Praesidium line, include the DomainGuard and DomainGuard Rules Web authorisation managers, and the VirtualVault 3.5 Web server platform. The DomainGuard products offer companies the chance to create and manage a secure Web environment so that customers, partners and employees can perform transactions and share information.
"This corresponds to a market trend, where communications are going from one-to-one to one-to-many," said Lior Arussy, HP's worldwide marketing manager.
"The security policy enforcement mechanism lets IT departments delegate administration to the business units," he added. "This is another trend, to move responsibility from the centralised IT department to the outlying users."
Arussy said that, although based on an LDAP directory, the DomainGuard products differed from Netscape's recently announced Directory for Secure Ecommerce product in that it had transaction enforcement capabilities (see related story above).
VirtualVault 3.5 is the latest version of HP's secure Web server platform, and includes a customised, military grade version of HP-UX, as well as a version of Netscape's Enterprise Server.
The product features a strictly partitioned Web runtime environment that ensures that each process is secured from unauthorised access.
In addition, special Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts are included that interface directly with common ERP packages. VirtualVault also includes a protected Java runtime environment that only runs approved servlets, and HP's Web Quality of Service (QoS) feature that provides load balancing.
Web QoS will ensure that transactions are completed even though the server is being heavily accessed, by refusing to connect new users until existing users have completed their transactions.
Arussy claimed that current deployments of VirtualVault protect #3.4 trillion worth of assets in financial institutions around the world.
HP NEW SECURITY PRODUCTS Product Ship date Price DomainGuard February #1,771 per 100-user licence DomainGuard Rules Spring #2,885 per 100-user licence VirtualVault 3.5 Available now #29,000
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