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July 2003

Who's who in IT risk management vendors 2003

One of the difficulties in evaluating solutions in the nascent security resource planning market niche is selecting a representative sample of vendors. Identifying and addressing IT risk isn't a linear process, and for every step in the risk lifecycle, there are multiple solutions. While the three providers examined in this article (Archer, TruSecure, Xacta) offer the most complete solutions for addressing the SRP process, several other IT and infosecurity vendors market products and services that target parts of the process on both technical and infrastructural levels. Vulnerability assessment solutions identify vulnerabilities on specific platforms--operating systems, databases and applications. These solutions can probe for weaknesses from the network with no knowledge of the environment or with administrator privileges and full access to system information. They seek out exposures and weaknesses, both active and latent. But their strength is in identification, which is only half the battle. Among others, Internet Security ...

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