A group of Internet security tools vendors is to launch a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable firewalls to work with key Web software.
Called Common Content Inspection API, the development will enable firewalls to pass incoming traffic such as email messages, URLs or Java code to third party tools to check for security or viral attack. The specifications will be announced next week.
The API is supported by key security tools vendors including Check Point Technologies, Symantec, Java screening firm Finjan, and virtual private networking company Aventail.
Check Point said it will merge its content vectoring API, a de facto standard, with the new spec.
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