Quick Takes: Black Hat sets speaker, workshop lineup

Black Hat keynote lineup set

Black Hat has announced the speaker lineup and central theme to its annual Black Hat Briefings show, being held July 9-12 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The conference is targeted at helping computer professionals better understand the security risks their systems and networks face. This year's theme is Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, computer forensics software, incident response, Web-based vulnerabilities and other security issues. Speakers include, author James Bamford, senior U.S. government official Richard Clarke, appointed the first national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism by the U.S. government. Technical conference subjects include: NT network intrusion workshop, Windows 2000 security, advanced scanning with ICMP and reverse engineering and security auditing with IDA.

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Cyber-Ark releases product that supports Linux

Cyber-Ark has extended support of its PrivateArk network vault to the Linux operating system, the company announced the week. PrivateArk uses 10 security layers to protect files, e-mail, Web content, transactions, encryption keys and other data. PrivateArk secures a corporate network by focusing on one dedicated server, a unique approach, the company said. PrivateArk can be integrated with a company's existing security products or customized applications. Little configuration is required, Cyber-Ark said.

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Configuresoft forms services organization

Windows NT/2000 configuration management company, Configuresoft, announces the formation of Configuresoft Services Group, a services organization that provides customized implementations of its flagship Enterprise Configuration Manager. The group's ECM-based software automates the assessment and correction of security vulnerabilities, performs asset management functions, prepares for Windows 2000 migrations and monitors and manages services levels. The latest ECM version, 3.6, includes 75 new security and asset management reports, new interfaces for auditing, monitoring and managing computing assets across an enterprise. The Configuresoft Services Group combines Configuresoft's consulting expertise in enterprise scale Windows operating environments with ECM's ability to centrally manage configurations for every Windows NT/2000 server and workstation in a corporate network.

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Tally updates its Census line of software

Tally Systems has updated its Census line of PC inventory and auditing software with more than 400 new fingerprints left by hackers. The update, for TS.Census, WebCensus, QuickCensus and PowerCensus, automatically detects software used by crackers to break into networks and write viruses. The Census line now includes recognition for Back Orifice, L0phtcrack, WinNuker and VBS Worm Generator. Tools classified as suspicious by Tally include: audioware, bombers, breachers, cloakers, crackers, crypters, IRC, key loggers, nukers, PDA, phreakers, pranksters, scanners, sniffers, spoofers, trojans and virus makers.

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SafeStone renews relationship with RSA

Security management company, SafeStone Technologies, announces the renewal of its partnership with RSA Security. SafeStone customers will have support for RSA SecurID authentication software across multiple platforms, include iSeries 400 from IBM. SafeStone's new DetectIT Agent 400 enables two-factor authentication on the iSeries 400, to protect system exit points from unauthorized user access to confidential data, applications and resources within an open-connectivity environment.

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