Week In Security: Product Upgrades, Retooled Channel Programs

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Here's a rundown of some recent events, announcements and other happenings in information security:

•RSA Security, Bedford, Mass., rolled out RSA ACE/Server 5.1, the latest version of its two-factor authentication software. New features include interoperability with LDAP directories to reduce administration costs and automate the process of synchronizing data with ACE/Server. The product also features support for new SecurID tokens based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and support for high system availability. ACE/Server 5.1 Advanced also features SecurID WebExpress, an automated user provisioning system to streamline the token deployment process.

•Stratum8 Networks, Santa Clara, Calif., and Aspect Security, Columbia, Md., announced a solution bundle to protect Web sites from attacks launched against Web application vulnerabilities, including those cited recently in a top 10 list by the Open Web Application Security Project. The Comprehensive Application Protection Package (CAPP) combines Stratum8's Application Protection System (APS)-100 with vulnerability assessment, security policy implementation, and integration services from Aspect. The package costs $75,000 and includes three APS-100 units and up to three weeks of consulting services.

•NetScreen Technologies, Sunnyvale, Calif., rolled out a new North America Channel Program that aims to expand the security appliance maker's reach in the enterprise market by providing partners with high-level sales marketing support. Geared for solution providers with expertise in networking and security, the program has four levels: Platinum, Preferred, Authorized and Approved.

•Gilian Technologies, Redwood City, Calif., said it is offering a guarantee with its G-Server Web-site protection appliance. If the device is installed and operated according to Gilian's specifications, the G-Server is guaranteed to never allow public display of a hacked or defaced Web site that it is protecting.

•GFI, a London-based provider of Windows-based content security, network security and messaging software, said it restructured its solution provider partner program due to its rapid growth. The retooled program includes different tiers of partnership and new sets of benefits for each tier. The levels are: Bronze for entry-level solution providers; Silver for partners who sell GFI products on a regular basis; and Gold for partners who actively sell and promote GFI.

•Gibraltar Software, Sunnyvale, Calif., announced Everguard System 2.0, the second version of its cross-platform patch-management tool. The updated product features new automated patch-deployment capability. The Everguard Systems provides patches for Windows, Red Hat Linux and Solaris operating systems.

•ThreatGuard, San Antonio, Texas, unveiled ThreatBox, a network-based vulnerability scanner appliance. The product comes in three versions: Basic, Mobile, and Mobile Lite. Mobile is designed for large solution providers who want to perform security assessments on multiple clients while Mobile Lite is tailored for small VARs.

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