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Quick Takes: Content scanner learns on the go

Michael S. Mimoso, Editorial Director

SPI secures Web applications with new product

SPI Dynamics has released Web Inspect, a product that secures Web applications for e-businesses. The scanner detects holes in standard and proprietary Web applications. It scans a customer's Web site looking for known and unknown vulnerabilities in applications, Web pages, Web scripts, proprietary applications, cookies and Web servers. It relies on more than 1,600 public and proprietary databases for its information, completing its scan much in hours, rather than days like manual testing services, SPI said. Web Inspect installs off the Internet and runs as a single-user, desktop application.

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Widevine secures streaming media

Widevine Technologies has released Widevine Cypher Enterprise, an encrypted, streaming media security solution designed for enterprises that rely on the Net and private networks for content distribution data sharing. Among its features include: interoperability with a customer's hardware and software; compatibility with current standards-based streaming media technologies; "On the Fly" DES-X encryption providing each stream with its own key; client-side management that prevents streams from being captured and shuts them down when hack attempts are detected; and modular client shim design for deployment of new encryption algorithms.

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Pilot soars into legal field

Silicon Valley law firm, Venture Law Group, has expanded Pilot Protected Services for its e-business communications. Pilot, a provider of secure, subscription-based e-business services, already offers the group its Pilot Secure Internet Access and Hosting Services securing its Net connection. The expanded services will allow Venture Law employees to connect to the company's corporate network from anywhere in the world. Venture Law Group represents IT companies and the venture capital firms that fund them, citing the technology behind Pilot (Heuristic Defense Infrastructure, HDI) and its ability to learn from experience as the principal reason it decided to expand services. "Before Pilot, we were exposed to over 100 hack attempts a day, and reviewing them consumed at least 60-70% of our staff's time," said Steve Bronstein, VP of Technology, Venture Law Group. "Managing it, dealing with it, analyzing it and educating our staff were consuming us at an ever increasing rate."

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HIPAA compliance reached with e-MDs

Seed Security will get assist e-MDs, a clinical and financial information management software provider, reach compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Seed Security will develop a security environment and threat model for e-MDs' topsSuite, electronic medical record and practice management software. The suite must meet standards in environmental security assumptions its makes; security policies clinics using topsSuite should follow; threat facing clinics; vulnerabilities rising from threats; and suggested countermeasures. "HIPAA is driving all of the constituencies of the health care delivery system, especially health care information technology and software vendors, to re-examine the methodologies and practices associated with the exchange of personal health records," states David Winn, M.D., CEO of e-MDs. "Although HIPAA regulations have only recently been passed, providers must plan for other future HIPAA regulations that may put their practices at risk. HIPAA-compliant automation should be their first consideration."

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