Stories by Sam Costello

Nimda, Code Red still crawling, threatening the Net

When computer security historians look back at 2001, the emergence of the Nimda and Code Red worms will likely sit close to the top of their significant events lists. Both worms were heralded as threats that could have brought down large sections of the Internet, but when this didn't happen the security spotlight quickly moved elsewhere.

ISS and NAI team on new products, research

Responding to the growing security threat of blended attacks like the Nimda and Code Red worms, Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Network Associates Thursday said that they will integrate a number of their products and research teams, as well as offer some new products, with an eye toward providing customers with more comprehensive security protection.

Dataquest: Server shipments flat in Q1 2002

Despite tough economic times, server shipments were flat worldwide, but up in the United States, in the first quarter of 2002 when compared to the first quarter of 2001, according to new figures released yesterday by Dataquest Inc, a unit of Gartner Inc.

Sanctum boosts tests, reports in AppScan 3.0

Sanctum announced version 3.0 of its AppScan application security audit tool Monday, adding a bundle of enhancements to the product's testing and reporting features, as well as boosting its performance.

Baltimore to release SelectAccess 5.0 with SAML

Baltimore Technologies PLC will announce version 5.0 of its SelectAccess Web access management product on Monday, a release that includes easier configuration, better reporting and support for the SAML (Security Assertions Mark-Up Language) standard.

Check Point boosts worm protection with SmartDefense

Looking to augment its firewall products with enhanced capabilities to stop worms and other Internet attacks, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced its new SmartDefense product Thursday. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Check Point Experience user conference being held in Anaheim, California.

Network Associates withdraws McAfee.com bid


BOSTON (04/25/2002) - Despite the deal seeming to be on the brink of completion, Network Associates Inc. Thursday said that it is withdrawing its bid to buy out its subsidiary McAfee.com Corp. after discovering accounting irregularities that will cause it to restate its 1999 and 2000 financial results. [

Symantec to unveil new VelociRaptor firewalls

Symantec Corp. will unveil three new models of its VelociRaptor firewall appliance line in early May, adding better performance and scalability, expanded protocol proxies and more to the devices.

RSA adds SchlumbergerSema smart cards to SecurID

Some smart card users will now be able to use a single card to gain access to buildings and work areas, as well as log on to PCs and applications, thanks to the integration of RSA Security Inc.'s SecurID product with SchlumbergerSema's line of smart cards, which was announced Tuesday.

Inkra offers 'virtual switches' to data centers

Hoping that data centers and very large enterprises will want to buy one box for providing IP (Internet Protocol) services rather than many boxes with limited functionality, Inkra Networks Inc. Monday announced its first two products, the Virtual Service Switch 1500 and 4000, which can provide a broad range of IP (Internet Protocol) services to multiple customers.

TruSecure adds security console, new services

TruSecure Corp. bolstered its security services offerings Monday when it announced the release of TruSecure 5.0, which is built around a new security console. The company also announced the full integration of services provided by Three Pillars Inc. into TruSecure's services lineup, a company it bought in January.

IDC: World PC market gains in first quarter

Though the worldwide PC market has not achieved positive year-over-year growth, the market is not declining as much as had been projected, according to new market data released Thursday by IDC.

Microsoft patches hole in SQL Server

Microsoft on Wednesday released a patch for a security hole in its SQL Server 7.0 and 2000 databases that could allow an attacker to execute code of their choice on an affected system by exploiting a buffer overflow vulnerability.

Silicon Defense adds managment console to IDS

Silicon Defense took a step towards helping customers better use the company's Sentarus Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) Monday when it announced the release of its SNX-MN8 management console for the device.

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