Week in Security: Strong Earnings, Microsoft’s New Focus

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

•Check Point Software Technologies, Symantec and Network Associates all posted earnings that beat Wall Street expectations. Check Point, however, said it expects first-quarter earnings and revenue to be flat and possibly down due to current economic conditions. Symantec said enterprise sales are growing, while Network Associates continues on a strong rebound from its financial debacle a year ago.

•In a companywide memo, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates directed employees to focus on security rather than features in developing products, a shift welcomed by security experts. However, security providers also expressed some skepticism about whether Microsoft will follow through on the new strategy.

•mFormation Technologies, Edison, N.J., and GTSI, Chantilly, Va., unveiled a partnership to provide mFormation Enterprise Manager to federal agencies. The software provides security and management capabilities for wireless deployments.

•Top Layer Networks, a maker of high-speed network security products, signed on security firms Garrison Technologies, Austin, Texas, and Icons, North Brunswick, N.J., as channel partners. The vendor also named additions to its management team: Chester Menzione, vice president of North American sales; Mike Reed, vice president of business development; and Simon Hibbert, a vice president in charge of partnerships in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

•Application Security, New York, unveiled the availability of AppDetective for Oracle, an application security scanner that performs network-based penetration tests and vulnerability assessments. The tool is designed to find, report and help fix database security holes and misconfigurations.

•Protegrity, Stamford, Conn., unveiled the availability Secure.Data, a data-privacy solution for Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise. The product automates encryption-based security for sensitive data at the data-item.

•Lumeta, Somerset, N.J., said it joined Check Point Software Technologies' new OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) Security Assessment Initiative. Lumeta's Firewall Analyzer examines a firewall's rule set to show what the firewall actually allows into the network.

•Ingrian Networks, Redwood City, Calif., and Network Appliance, Sunnyvale, Calif., said they will collaborate on SSL/TLS acceleration solutions by integrating Network Appliances' content delivery products with Ingrian's secure networking products.

•Privacy Council, Richardson, Texas, introduced a new division called NetDiligence, which will help commercial insurance underwriters and claims managers to identify and rate data security risks. The division will be based in Philadelphia and headed by vice presidents Mark Greisiger and Brad Gow.

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