New products and outlandish exhibition stand designs were the highlight of Infosecurity 1997 show at London's Olympia centre.
Anti-virus software developer Dr Solomon's showcased a number of recently launched products on a stand decked out as a galleon ship.
Visitors to the stand could sit in on a presentation showing the "exponential" growth in macro viruses. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Dr Solomon's, gave the presentation dressed in naval uniform, explaining that the number of macro viruses had risen from 20 in April 1996 to 550 this April. In the latest update to its Anti Virus Toolkit, Dr Solomon's has added heuristic tests for macro viruses which the company claims can detect unknown macro viruses.
Visitors to the Unisys stand were treated to demonstrations of the company's 128-bit encryption software, which has been developed in Europe to avoid US export restrictions. The client side of the encryption software, called Unisys Security Applet, is a 100% Pure Java application, making it platform-independent.
According to Michael Hennigan, an Internet banking consultant at Unisys, the Java applet is about 20Kb in size, enabling it to be downloaded on to client machines directly from the Internet. The sever component of the Unisys security product is available on both Unix and Windows NT.
While the 128-bit encryption technology was the highlight of the product content on the Unisys stand, the rally car simulation game won for entertainment value.
Other highlights of the show included an ISDN remote access encryptor from Kastern Chase. The adapter, called SecurPAC IEM, combines an encryptor, ISDN interface and V34 modem on a PC card. It is also available as a separate peripheral.
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