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Palm security tight as a glove

Public key cryptography solutions provider NTRU has developed a security toolkit for Palm handheld devices. The kit does not rely on key storage, instead it relies on disposable keys that generate a new security key for each transaction, cutting down on security vulnerabilities due to expired, stored or intercepted keys. NTRU's toolkit speeds up servers 10-100 times, according to NTRU, improving response times.

Giga tabs Authentify most innovative solution

E-commerce security provider Authentify, Inc.'s Authentify/Register service was tabbed with top honors as most innovative e-commerce payment technology at Giga Information Group's Emerging Technology Scene conference last week. Authentify topped entries from Microsoft and Persistence Software. The winning product allows for two-factor user authentication and Authentify says it is easy to customize. The is scalable and provides an audit trail for compliance purposes.

Survey says: Viruses still winning war against administrators

ICSA Labs recently released the results of its sixth annual Computer Virus Prevalence Survey that indicate that viruses in corporate environments doubled over 1999. Eighty percent of survey respondents said they received viruses attached to e-mails. In response, Panda Software, which sponsored the survey, released PandaSecurity tool that allows system administrators to dictate what users can do online, prohibiting activities like opening executable files that spread viruses. It also denies access from unauthorized users, prohibits system reconfiguration and restricts the use of system resources. Complete auditing features are also included.

Securant pockets lined with $31 million

E-business security provider Securant Technologies has raised $31 million in venture capital that will be used to expand the company's product development, marketing, sales and international operations. Securant's ClearTrust Secure Control identifies a user and secures client access to applications, content and transactions. It limits access to content and which transactions the user is allowed to perform. Securant adds that its product is centrally defined, managed and enforced.

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