Industry Notebook: Watchfire buys Sanctum

Watchfire expands its portfolio with its Sanctum purchase. Also in this week's news, Thor Technologies updates XIM 8.0, and NFR Security unveils Sentivist IPS.

Editor's Note: Industry Notebook will be on hiatus after this issue. We'll continue to provide limited news from the business side of information security in our daily Security Bytes.

Watchfire expands by buying Sanctum
Waltham, Mass.-based business software provider Watchfire has acquired Sanctum, maker of Web application security testing tools and a Web-based firewall. Watchfire did not disclose details of the deal but said in a prepared statement that the transaction would close a month from now. Watchfire, which recently secured a big contract with IBM, plans to integrate Sanctum's security software into its WebXM enterprise platform to help monitor and manage online business transactions. This is Watchfire's fourth acquisition in two years.
For more on the acquisition, click here.

WatchGuard offers free LiveSecurity Informer e-mail service
WatchGuard Technologies Inc. of Seattle is providing small- and mid-sized businesses with a 30-day free trial of its LiveSecurity Informer e-mail service to help network administrators keep up with security threats and trends. A subscription for the alerts service costs $39 to $49 annually and is available primarily through resellers. WatchGuard also now offers a free security news feed in RSS format.
For more details on the free trial subscription service, click here.

Thor Technologies expands provisioning capabilities with XIM 8.0
Pleasanton, Calif.-based Thor Technologies Inc. is broadening its provisioning offerings with its latest release, Xellerate Identity Manager 8.0. XIM, which is available Aug. 31, will include J2EE-based architecture, an enhanced process engine, user-friendly wizards and support for Web application servers such as IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic and J-Boss, as well as popular databases from Oracle, MS SQL and Windows Server 2003.

At the same time, the company's also providing stand-alone options for companies that don't need a complete provisioning deployment. Xellerate Audit and Compliance Manager 8.0 provides a framework to build internal policies and to continuously audit users for regulatory compliance. Xellerate Password Manager 8.0 provides self-service password reset, password synchronization and advanced password policy management.
For more information, including pricing, on these products, click here.

NFR Security unveils Sentivist IPS
Rockville, Md.-based NFR Security Inc. has launched its new Sentivist IPS, a key component of the company's intrusion defense and management suite. Available immediately, Sentivist IPS also offers application-specific protection and is delivered as a complete turn-key appliance requiring no software installation or operating system configuration, the company said in a statement. Sentivist IPS offers users the flexibility to customize existing signatures and create new ones, including specific signatures for applications like Voice over IP, instant messaging, peer-to-peer, and more, the company said. It also offers white list capabilities to help users prevent self-inflicted denial of service to legitimate network users.
For more information on NFR Security, click here.

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