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Quick Takes: RSA simplifies authentication rollouts

Michael S. Mimoso, Editorial Director

New RSA software eases authentication rollouts

RSA Security announced the availability of its new RSA SecurID Web Express 1.0 software that simplifies the rollout of authentication credentials, specifically, RSA SecurID hardware tokens. Users will be able to request, activate and initiate token deployment from a Web browser, scaling it to as many users as necessary. The new software interoperates with RSA ACE/Server software to migrate user data. It also ships with APIs designed to allow customers to leverage existing data for automated user registration. RSA SecurID Web Express software is available immediately.

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Guardent links business goals to security

The Guardent Evaluation Methodology (GEM), a new security and privacy benchmarking method, links security to business goals, Guardent said. The methodology examines an organizations' current security and privacy infrastructure and where it needs to be relative to business objectives and the competition and what it needs to reach those goals. GEM highlights security gaps in 12 categories, like policies, risk management, compliance and privacy. The methodology prioritizes what areas should be addressed first in order to meet business goals. Guardent added that its methodology would be crucial for financial institutions trying to become Gramm-Leach-Bliley compliant by the July 1 deadline and for health care institutions facing HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance.

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McAfee supports Adobe Acrobat 5.0

Anti-virus vendor McAfee announced support for Adobe Acrobat 5.0, securing the exchange of Adobe PDF (portable document format) files across corporate networks and the Internet. Acrobat 5.0 was shipped in mid-April. PDF files secured by McAfee can by viewed and printed across various hardware and operating system using the free Acrobat Reader.

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Securant partners with Compaq

Securant Technologies announced a partnership with Compaq to provide its Web access management system to secure applications and online transactions based on Compaq's AlphaServer systems running Compaq's Tru64 Unix operating system. Securant has integrated its ClearTrust SecureControl access management system with Compaq's Tru64 Unix AlphaServer systems. The partnership will enable enterprises to control, authorize, monitor and audit user interactions with Web-based applications hosted on the operating system. ClearTrust SecureControl allows customers to centrally set, enforce, and manage the security policies that govern user authentication, authorization and single sign-on for all Web server- and Web application server-based applications running on the Compaq Tru64 UNIX operating system.

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