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VMWare secures government machines

National Security Agency computer users will be able to securely use commercial software for classified applications and environments thanks to an agreement between the NSA and VMWare. The research and development agreement aims to enhance and certify VMWare's MultipleWorlds technology. The virtual machines will be NSA application building blocks for tasks that require separation of information domains. NetTop is expected to deliver components that will make it possible, for example, to securely connect to the Internet from a remote location. NetTop will make certify virtual machine technology. VMWare's MultipleWorlds technology combines virtual machine technology with advanced virtual networking and mainframe-class system and resource management capabilities.

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ClearTrust OPSEC certified

Securant Technologies' ClearTrust Secure Control access management system has achieved Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) certification from Check Point Software Technologies. Certification deems SecureControl interoperable with Check Point's Secure Virtual Network that protects a customer's network and Web applications. Application-level security threats are thus countered with a network-level security solution. The integration of SecureControl with Check Point's VPN-1/Firewall-1 offers multilevel threat detection and integrated attack blocking.

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Entercept, Guardent align

Server-level security technology provider Entercept has joined the Guardent Alliance Initiative. The alliance extends extensive security benefits to its participating companies. Partners may tap Guardent's security expertise through audits and code reviews. Guardent can hook up organizations in the education and research and development fields. Entercept brings to the table a suite of server security products through Entercept 2.0. The product identifies attacks and halts them before they inflict damage to applications or servers.

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Entercept nets InfoWorld award

InfoWorld magazine handed out its 2000 Business Impact Award to Entercept for its unique server protection technology. InfoWorld recognizes products and services, nominating those receiving scores of very good or excellent from its tests centers. Final decisions are made by editors and analysts. "This is a well-deserved award for Entercept," said Michael Vizard, editor in chief. "Server hacking has become a critical problem for companies throughout the world, and Entercept's unique server security technology is ahead of its class in helping companies maintain the security of their sites. Our editors and analysts believe it is one of the top 10 new technologies of the year 2000."

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