Stories by Sam Costello

ISS aids management with RealSecure SiteProtector

Looking to offer its customers a single console from which to manage their desktop, server and network security products, not to mention improve their effectiveness, Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) Monday announced its RealSecure SiteProtector software.

WatchGuard secures DNS with new Firebox software

Looking to expand the range of services offered and protected by its Firebox line of security appliances, WatchGuard Technologies Inc. Monday announced an upgrade to the software that runs its Firebox security hardware, adding DNS (Domain Name Server) security, expanded VPN (Virtual Private Network) support and integration with intrusion detection systems.

Zero G adds platforms, updates to installer tool

BOSTON (10/15/2001) - Zero G Software Inc. announced the new version of its InstallAnywhere software installation and deployment tool Monday, adding support for more platforms, tighter integration with the company's PowerUpdate management software and optimized installer features.

SecurityFocus predicts attacks with new ARIS

Responding to a virus outbreak or network intrusion or attack can take hours and sometimes days -- time your company likely can't afford to be offline or functioning at diminished capacity. Such attacks are increasing, with twice as many discovered so far in 2001 as in 2000, according to Arthur Wong, chief executive officer of SecurityFocus Inc., which has a new product that will function as "an early warning system for impending attacks," he said.

Security flaw in Symantec's antivirus updater

The tool used to update the virus definitions in Symantec Corp.'s antivirus products has a security hole that can allow hostile code to be downloaded to PCs, according to the German hacking group Phenoelit.

Survey: Web attacks doubled in last year

Attacks on Web servers doubled in 2001 compared to 2000 and nearly 90 percent of companies surveyed have been infected with worms or viruses, despite having antivirus software installed, according to the Information Security Industry Survey, performed annually by Information Security magazine.

Check Point details new Provider-1, OPSEC

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Monday announced the release of the new version of its Provider-1 Internet security management system for service providers, telecommunication vendors and large companies, as well new features for its OPSEC security framework.

Symantec unveils new firewall/VPN hardware

Symantec on Monday announced its new Firewall/VPN integrated-security product line, which comes in three models and is aimed at branch offices of large companies and at the small and medium-size business market.

RSA expects third-quarter loss

RSA Security expects to post a loss of between US$12.5 million and $14.1 million for the third quarter of 2001, the company said Monday. The company will announce its final results Oct. 11.

Symantec adds content filters to e-mail scanner

In an effort to help companies stem the flow of inappropriate, confidential or virus-infected e-mail messages moving through their networks, Symantec on Monday announced Symantec AntiVirus/Filtering for Microsoft Exchange 2000, an integrated virus and content-scanning package for the Microsoft e-mail server.

CIO poll: Attacks shrink IT budgets

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have led IT managers to cut their projected budgets for IT purchases over the next 12 months, according to the September CIO Magazine/ poll of CIOs (chief information officers) and other high-level managers.

ICANN to focus on security at Nov. meeting

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body that administers the address system and other technical functions of the Internet, said Thursday that despite the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., it would hold its November conference as scheduled, but would change the topic of the meeting to address issues of Internet security and stability.

NCipher and Broadcom deal on encyption

Chip manufacturer Broadcom Corp. and security firm nCipher Corp. Ltd. announced a partnership Tuesday through which Broadcom will integrate nCipher's technology into its products to help secure transactions coexist with content aware networks, the companies said.

'Vote' worm uses terror attacks to delete files

A new worm that can delete files from infected hard drives is using the terrorist attacks of two weeks ago, as well as the expected U.S. military response, to trick users into executing it, according to Ian Hameroff, business manager for security solutions at Computer Associates International (CA).

IDC: Security services to hit $21B in 2005

The worldwide market for information security services will nearly triple to US$21 billion by 2005, up from about $6.7 billion in 2000, according to new research released Thursday by International Data Corp. (IDC)The boom in the market will be driven by corporate desires for wireless access, extranets and remote networks because new and greater security services will be needed to secure those technologies, the study said.