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Virus protection comes to your IM environment

Anti-virus and security vendor, Central Command, have made available AVX for ICQ, MSN Messanger, NetMeeting, mIRC and Yahoo Messanger, free anti-virus protection for instant messaging software. The AVX Professional Scanning technology integrates into the peer-to-peer file transfer feature within popular IM applications. All incoming and saved files are intercepted by AVX and scanned, looking for viruses, Trojans, worms, backdoor programs and other malicious applications. The Web-based technology is updated daily. It scans many archive formats, including Zip, Arj, Rar, Lha, Lzh, Ace, Cab, Gz and Tar. The protection appliance is built around the AVX plug-in designed for integration across many operating systems and architectures.

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ETrue, Baltimore partner on biometrics

Baltimore Technologies SelectAccess access control solution will include multiple biometric authentication solutions from eTrue. ETrue will provide facial and fingerprint identifcation to the Baltimore product. ETrue biometric services are the first to be outsourced over the Internet. Baltimore products are sold in the health care, financial and government markets. SelectAccess, Baltimore said, is the only access and authorization management solution built using XML, a platform that adds flexibility to data transmissions and eases integration into future Web- and non-Web-based applications. ETrue outsourcing authenticates users for Web and network logons. The service is hosted by Exodus Communications.

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TruSecure unveiled Web-based security management service

TruSecure introduced what it calls the first service enabling organization to manage an enterprise's security efforts. TruSecure 2001's technology integrates people, technology and processes into a risk management program. TruSecure assesses security risks by identifying relationships between networks, devices, applications, people and physical locations. Managers are given a real-time Web-based window into a system's security status. An administrator will be able to drill down from the enterprise to the subsidiary, division, department or individual device level. TruSecure is a subscription service.

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F-Secure adds integration into OpenView VantagePoint

Managed security provider F-Secure has announced integration of its products with Hewlett-Packard OpenView VantagePoint, giving application control to F-Secure managers through the OpenView console. F-Secure announced that it is the only security vendor integrated with the HP management system. OpenView customers will now have the ability to manage their security from one console while maintaining their OpenView investment. F-Secure solutions offer file encryption, network encryption, malicious code protection and firewalls in one managed solution. The solutions can be loaded onto desktops and laptops, firewalls, servers, mail programs and WAP gateways. F-Secure's integration into OpenView gives it a presence in all four of the leading systems management companies, adding OpenView integration to similar adaptations for BMC Patrol, Computer Associates' Unicenter TNG and Tivoli Systems' Enterprise Offerings.

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CA's PKI management vehicle goes beta

Computer Associates released a beta version of its PKI solution, eTrust PKI at RSA Security Conference 2001 in San Francisco. ETrust PKI is a public key infrastructure solution designed to authenticate users and manage digital certificates across an enterprise. ETrust PKI integrates with CA's other security solutions to allow for rapid certificate deployment. CA said its product's ease of implementation reduces security gaps associated with incomplete or faulty administration of certificates. It also integrates with Win32, NT, 2000, Unix and S/390 Linux environments. It is open to work with all LDAP-conformant directories and conforms to x.509 V3 and IETF standards. CA also unveiled new releases of eTrust Directory, a scalable, standards-compliant directory solution with certificate management capabilities; and eTrust OCSPro, that delivers online certificate validation. It also simplifies administration with policy templates.

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MSP will offer Tivoli security products

Tivoli Systems announced at the RSA Security Conference 2001 in San Francisco that it has partnered with managed secure services provider, 90 East Inc., to deliver security products globally. 90East is a certified information risk management services provider in Australia. It will offer Tivoli SecureWay products to its global clients as an option with its Global eBusiness Environment, becoming the first SecureWay reseller in Australia.

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