Network Associates (NAI) has launched network security technology that can automatically update itself with information from NAI's research laboratories.
Working in a similar way to antivirus scanners, CyberCop Scanner 2.5 scans IT networks to detected critical weaknesses in security before they become a problem, NAI claims. The AutoUpdate features allows CyberCop to automatically update itself with new vulnerability signatures, the characteristic patterns left by hacking techniques, as they are found by NAI.
Bill Larson, NAI's CEO, explained that CyberCop could also spot security glitches such as obvious user passwords. In future integrated software releases, CyberCop would be able to shut down Internet access and generate helpdesk trouble tickets in such circumstances.
Eric Budke, security consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers said scanning for network security vulnerabilities is just as important as scanning for viruses. "With Cyber-Cop Scanner 2.5, Network Associates has taken a significant step towards making security scanning as easy as virus scanning," he said.
The new version of CyberCop also features new reporting and charting features to give users the ability to quickly audit their networks on a regular basis and prioritise detected vulnerabilities. Three dimensional "snapshots" are available in addition to more detailed analysis, in order to give an executive summary of network security status.
Larson said that Network Associates' recent acquisition spree has come to an end and the company will now concentrate on integrating the disparate product lines gained with these purchases, including that of Magic Solutions, Dr Solomon's, and CyberMedia. A network security and management suite including antivirus, firewall, security products centred around a helpdesk product, codenamed Merlin, would be available from the first half of next year, Larson promised.
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