Four major vendors have joined together to form a network security framework, but there is doubt over whether the resulting standards will be open or proprietary.
In response to widespread and repeated customer requests for a common framework uniting security technologies, McAfee, RSA, RSA's parent Security Dynamics and VeriSign have formed the SecurOne Alliance. The aim of the alliance is to integrate products from the four vendors and draw up a common set of APIs to ensure interoperability between their various packages.
The four will cross-license each others' software to build firewall, anti-virus, encryption and user authentication capabilities into a single common toolkit. They will also work to build an industry standard which other vendors can work to.
Caroline Kuipers, marketing manager for McAfee in the UK, denied the alliance would create a proprietary standard. "It can appear that this (alliance) is closed and locked, but you've got to start standards somewhere, and these are the main industry players in the field," she claimed. "There is no reason why rival vendors such as Dr Solomon's shouldn't join."
"We're reserving judgement for now," said Mike Hill, director of product marketing at Dr Solomon's. "Nobody's approached us, but if this really is a non-proprietary venture to move data security along, we welcome it."
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