NetIQ: Integrated Security Play

The product, dubbed the NetIQ Security Management Suite, combines new versions of three separate products designed to foster a "closed-loop" approach to security management, the company said. The pacts,strategic alliances with LAN security vendors TruSecure and Shavlik,are expected to enable NetIQ to bolster its offerings in vulnerability and patch management.

>> The NetIQ Security Management Suite combines new versions of three separate products.

"Organizations struggle from a resource perspective to find a balance between security and connectivity," said Jim McGrath, senior director of product management at NetIQ, San Jose, Calif. "This [product] and [these partnerships] enable resellers to go in and set up an immediate framework to monitor enterprise security and address all concerns in realtime."

The NetIQ Security Management Suite includes three components: NetIQ Security Manager 5.0, NetIQ Vulnerability Manager 5.0 and NetIQ Patch Manager 4.2. Together, the products deliver realtime intrusion detection, log archival, analysis and forensic capabilities, a fault-tolerant and multistage correlation engine, and a Web-based access console.

The partnership with TruSecure, Herndon, Va., aims to integrate the latest vulnerability and security knowledge, while the deal with Shavlik, Roseville, Minn., aims to tackle patch management in Microsoft Windows environments.

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Kenneth Phelan, CTO of Gotham Technologies, a NetIQ reseller in New York, said, "The [suite] has something for everyone. In today's business environment, high-level security officers have 'No More Data' tattooed on their foreheads, and these components help them make sense of the information they receive."

Pricing was not available for the NetIQ Security Management Suite as a whole, but McGrath said NetIQ Security Manager 5.0 would cost $2,500 per console and $1,100 per server; NetIQ Vulnerability Manager 5.0, $3,655, and NetIQ Patch Manager, $2,000. All three were expected to be available in the next 30 days.