IBM Beefs Up PC Security


IBM boosted the security capabilities of its ThinkPad notebooks and NetVista desktops with new client software.

The vendor announced its Client Security Software Version 3.0 at the RSA Conference held this week here. The software works with IBM's embedded security chip to secure cryptographic functions.

The new software includes support for fingerprint readers and makes it easier for users to encrypt files and folders, said Clain Anderson, IBM program director for client security.

The software also is compatible with IBM's Tivoli security management software, which allows enterprises to control access based on security policies, he said.

In addition, the new version now operates with RSA Security's SecurID two-factor authentication product. With the embedded chip functioning as the SecurID authenticator, it eliminates the need for users to carry a token, Anderson said.

The new capabilities respond to customer demand for more security, Anderson said. IBM has seen a marked increase in security demands since Sept. 11, he said.

"Our plan is to keep marching ahead with those capabilities," Anderson said.

Future plans call for improving the user interface with the software and more integration with third-party devices, he said.

The software is available for download March 5 for ThinkPad and NetVista models with the embedded security system.