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December 2003

The best information security products of 2003

Best Integration Platform: IBM/Tivoli There's an old saying in IT: "No one has ever been fired for buying Big Blue." True, since IBM remains the stalwart of the IT world; a company that will always be there to provide support. But many enterprises have sought out other, best-of-breed solutions for their security schemas. IBM was cognizant of this when it developed Tivoli, mandating that the security division produce products that are interoperable with a variety of IBM and competitive offerings. "We recognize that this is a heterogeneous world," says Brian Anderson, program director of Tivoli Security's Market Management. "Customers have already made investments in point technology. Those point solutions have a three-year competitive life, but a five-year amortization cycle. So we need to be able to work with those solutions." Primarily an access control/security management suite, Tivoli provides solutions from identity management that can provision users accounts, check credentials and enable single sign-on, to directory server...

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