IBM has assembled a suite of security products that it claims will add up to a comprehensive e-business security solution.
Mark Greene, vice president of security at IBM?s Network Computing Software division, said that in the past, "there have been too many specialised things you had to know [about security] for the average company to piece it all together."
A key component of IBM?s Integrated Security Solution (ISS) is Secureway Firstsecure, a suite of security products from both Big Blue and a number of partners.
This will include a single point of control, dubbed Policy Director, for setting security policies for devices such as firewalls, antivirus and certificate servers throughout the enterprise.
The Firstsecure suite also includes virus protection, access control, intrusion detection, encryption , digital certificates and firewall technology, and will include updated versions of some existing IBM products.
These include version 3.3 of Big Blue?s eNetwork Firewall and version 2.2 of its Vault Registry. Tools from other vendors include Symantec?s Norton Antivirus, Dascom?s Intraverse Internet security products, Content Technologies? Minesweeper and Finjan?s Surfingate.
Keyworks, a toolkit based on Intel?s Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA), also enables developers to build cryptography capabilities into their applications.
While IBM?s Tivoli systems management applications are currently sold as separate products, IBM plans to integrate them with FirstSecure in a later release.
The offering is due to ship worldwide by the end of March, and a release with limited, 56-bit encryption will be freely exportable. Under the latest US regulations, stronger encryption can be exported to certain markets and under certain circumstances ? for example, sales to ecommerce vendors are free.
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