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May 2007

Bit9 Parity product review for endpoint security

ENDPOINT SECURITY Bit9 Parity 3.5 REVIEWED BY GREG BALAZE   Bit9 Price: $35 per desktop Bit9's Parity 3.5 is designed to give you control over what users can do on company computers, and prevent executables from unauthorized or malicious apps from running on your desktops.   Configuration/Management B   Bit9 Parity Server was easy to install and didn't have much to configure. A step-by-step screen walks you through setting everything from IP addresses and ports to selecting the creation of a self-signed or previously generated certificate. It automatically installs SQL Server 2005 and Apache Web Server, which is used for remote administration. Small client agents for Windows XP/2000 (Vista is coming) are generated or updated automatically when a policy is created or modified for a group. The agents can also be downloaded off the Web, or distributed by application deployment software such as SMS. The agent and server communicate via a SSL tunnel.   Policy Control B   Policies are applied based on groups set up within Parity ...

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Features in this issue

  • Intellectual property protection do's and don'ts

    Theft of intellectual property is a growing problem but many companies are not prepared to deal with this security threat. Learn about the risk involved with trade secrets, why companies are failing to protect intellectual property and tips for data protection, including risk assessment, encryption, and corporate governance.

  • Product review: Watchfire's AppScan 7.0

    Product review of Watchfire's AppScan 7.0, an application security testing tool for developers, quality assurance teams and penetration testers. The security product runs on Windows XP, Vista or 2003 Server.

  • Bit9 Parity product review for endpoint security

    Product review of Bit9's Parity 3.5, a PC security tool designed to give enterprises control over what users can do on company computers and prevent executables in malware from running on desktops. Automatically installs SQL Server 2005 and Apache Web Server, which is used for remote administration.

Columns in this issue

  • Hacker demonstrates targeted attack

    Hacker Robert Hansen, also known as RSnake, demonstrates the pains cybercriminals take to target specific organizations and individuals through an exercise posted on his blog, which targeted the head of Google's spam team. Hansen's exercise underscores the threat companies face from today's organized and patient cybercriminals.

  • Fight cybercrime by understanding a hacker's mind and attack motive

    Computer crime laws and security policies aren't enough to combat increasingly sophisticated cybercrime. Understanding the criminal mind and a hacker's motive can help an organization determine what assets are most valuable and better distribute security resources.

  • Interview: PayPal CISO Michael Barrett

    PayPal's 133 million online customers are the biggest ocean for phishers to plunder. CISO Michael Barrett wants to make it safe to be in the water, and he's not going at it alone. Backed by PayPal's sophisticated fraud models and help from ISPs, Barrett is succeeding in protecting the most-spoofed brand on the Internet.