Industry Notebook: PivX buys Threat Focus; Reactivity offers freeware for Web services

This week's industry news includes an acquisition, several new partnerships, as well as product announcements

PivX Solutions buys Threat Focus Network security vendor PivX Solutions Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif., has bought Threat Focus Inc. of nearby Tustin for an undisclosed amount. With Threat Focus's targeted security alerts and network vulnerability scans, PivX expects to expand its threat mitigation offerings, which include Qwik-Fix Pro, a desktop security application designed to block Windows-based threats. For more information on the...

acquisition, click here.

Cisco picks Trend for antivirus protection
San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems this week announced it's chosen to partner with the world's third-largest antivirus vendor, Trend Micro, to help protect Cisco's routers, switches and other network appliances against malicious code. The No. 1 networking equipment maker plans to use Tokyo-based Trend Micro's antivirus and anti-worm technologies with its own intrusion detection software.
For more information on the partnership, click here.

NETASQ announces availability of F25 IPS-Firewall appliance
NETASQ, a developer of IPS/firewall appliances based in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, announced its NETASQ F25 IPS-Firewall is immediately available. Key features of the F25 IPS-Firewall appliance include real-time enterprise-level security and intrusion prevention in VPN tunnels, antivirus, antispam, content filtering and a centralized monitoring and logging management system.
For more pricing info on F25 IPS-Firewall, click here.

Reactivity offers free security for Web services
Reactivity, a Belmont, Calif.-based provider of infrastructure for securing Web services, announced the Reactivity Gatekeeper, a free software server-side plug-in for XML-based Web services. Reactivity Gatekeeper works to protect the "last mile" (within the local network) in conjunction with Reactivity's XML Firewall by ensuring all messages have been "approved" by the firewall. If the Reactivity Gatekeeper receives an unsecured message, it can be set up to either dispense an error message or reroute it through the XML firewall for validation and inspection. Reactivity Gatekeeper is compatible with SAML infrastructure components like SAML Authorities from Netegrity, Oblix, RSA and Tivoli. Reactivity Gatekeeper is free with the purchase of Reactivity XML Firewall and for existing customers.
For more info on Reactivity, click here.

SentryWare unleashes HIVE 3.0
Sentryware, an Atlanta, Ga.-based developer of Web transaction protection products, announced the release of HIVE 3.0, a Web security gateway appliance that provides HTTP input validation, enforcement and transaction control. HIVE 3.0 features an adaptive intelligence technology that allows it to adapt to applications, thereby requiring no configuration. The latest version also includes a new Windows management console and increased functionality through real-time integration into Firewall 1, SMNP, OPSEC ELA and SMTP. HIVE 3.0 comes standard on the IBM eServer, x 305 appliance with two network interfaces.
For pricing and additional info, click here.

Plumtree to Resell Oblix COREid and SHAREid
Cupertino, Calif.-based Oblix, a provider of identity-based security products, and San Francisco-based enterprise Web provider Plumtree Software announced an expanded alliance including a new reseller agreement and continued technology integration. Plumtree will now resell the Oblix SHAREid federated identity server, in addition to the Oblix COREid suite for identity management and Web access control. The SHAREid product for Plumtree can automate updates from partner user databases, allowing for regular, low maintenance security management and simplify collaboration with suppliers, partners and customers. Contact the company for pricing.
For more info on Plumtree Software, click here.

IBM Announces Tivoli Security Compliance Manager
IBM announced that its Tivoli Security Compliance Manager now is available. The new software can act as an early warning system for organizations looking to identify security policy violations and potential security vulnerabilities. The system can alert chief security officers, security administrators and end-users, as to whether their IT systems are meeting set security policies, such as passwords, patches, antivirus signatures and encryption.
For more info on IBM's Tivoli Security Compliance Manager and its pricing, click here.

MetaInfo, Perfigo form alliance for IP access, security
Network management software providers MetaInfo of Seattle and Perfigo of San Francisco have joined forces to create an "enforcement airlock" between unidentified and non-validated network hosts, and privileged IP network access. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will provide and support integration between MetaInfo's Meta IP SAFE DHCP and Perfigo's SecureSmart and CleanMachines products. This will give customers better control and protection against unauthenticated access, viruses, worms and policy non-compliance at the IP layer, the companies said in a statement.
For more information on MetaInfo, click here
For more information on Perfigo, click here

Red Earth Software releases Policy Patrol Zip
Portsmouth, N.H.-based Red Earth Software announced the release of its Policy Patrol Zip e-mail management software for Exchange Server and Lotus Domino. It provides automatic compression of attachments at the server level, the company said. Policy Patrol Zip can compress and decompress attachments for outgoing and incoming e-mail and can compress internally sent attachments as well as external attachments if installed on Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003. It can also decompress attachments so users don't have to unzip received attachments. A 30-day evaluation version of the product is available, and pricing starts at 10 users for $95.
For more about Red Earth Software, click here

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