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Quick Takes: Check Point gets smart about firewall defenses

Edward Hurley, Assistant News Editor

SmartDefense latest in Check Point arsenal

Check Point Software has unveiled a new product, SmartDefense, to help companies swiftly respond to emerging attacks like Code Red or Nimda. In conjunction with antivirus software and intrusion detection systems (IDS), SmartDefense adds another level of defense at the firewall for companies against network-based attacks. Users receive real-time updates to their firewall policies that help prevent attacks. Such updates take the guesswork out of setting firewalls to prevent specific problems. Auditing and forensics tools give users information for tweaking security policies. SmartDefense will be available Q3 this year

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NetSolve adds IDS managed services

NetSolve announced Monday that it is adding managed services for host-based intrusion detection systems (IDS) to its managed security lineup. NetSolve now secures key network points, Web servers, and mail servers. NetSolve's ability to now manage host-based IDS is a signification addition IP telephony management capabilities, the company said.

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MailMarshal gets facelift

Marshal Software recently released an updated version of MailMarshal, its e-mail content management software for Microsoft Exchange 2000. The product allows for fast and scalable content scanning of e-mail sent between employee mailboxes. Combined with the SMTP version of MailMarshal, it delivers a complete solution for filtering e-mail content coming into and going out of an organization, as well as internal e-mail. The product helps organizations stop "internal spam" such as jokes and frivolous e-mail copied to all, and can also block e-mail messages containing offensive text.

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RSA teams with SchlumbergerSema on smart cards

RSA Security recently announced a strategic relationship with SchlumbergerSema, an information technology services company and smart card product vendor. RSA will integrate some of SchlumbergerSema's smart cards into its product line. This will enable customers to integrate multiple applications onto one platform, including the ability to provide system access, corporate IDs and building access.

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KaVaDo brings application security to Solaris

KaVaDo, Inc. recently announced that its Web application protection is now available for Solaris versions 2.6, 7, and 8. KaVaDo provides protection with no compromise to enterprise networks at the application layer, which often exposes critical information and resources to attack. By expanding support to Solaris, KaVaDo gives its customers increased flexibility to choose the operating system that best fits their needs, while still maintaining the highest level of web application protection available.

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Bivio releases inexpensive security appliance

Bivio Networks has released a lower cost security appliance, the Bivio 1000-CP. It's a multi-gigabit throughput, carrier class, security appliance with VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation software from Check Point Software Technologies. It sells for $35,000. The appliance is a simple way to deploy and manage network security services based on Check Point's software.

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