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Quick Takes: Biometrics device keeps laptop, desktop data secure

Quick Takes: Biometrics devices keeps laptop, desktop data secure

Targus product secures laptops, desktops

Targus Inc.'s announced its new Defcon Authenticator biometrics device that secures laptops and desktop computers. The device weighs five ounces and measures 2.7-by-1.9-by-.8 inches and incorporates a two-port USB Hub. It connects through the USB port and provides secure access to the computer through fingerprint authentication. The new device is Targus' first to secure data. Defcon 1 and Defcon CL offer physical security. Defcon Authenticator features TruePrint technology from AuthenTec, a subsurface technology that reads the second layer of skin where true fingerprints are found. It also features SecureSuite software stores all user passwords, including a Windows logon, user name and password storage for Windows and Web-based forms and encryption that protects file folders. The device is available immediately for $119.99.

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Sanctum announces partnership, patent

Web application security vendor, Sanctum, announced a new partnership and patent last week. Sanctum's new technology partnership with Netegrity combines Sanctum's AppShield software with Netegrity's SiteMinder platform for managing e-business relationships. Enterprise users will be able to use the combined product to control access to Web resources and user behavior once granted access. AppShield allows a user to define a Web application's level of security. It protects against Web application attacks by monitoring usage and logging an attacker's IP information and sending alerts. SiteMinder is a policy-based infrastructure that allows only authorized users access to a resource.

Sanctum also announced the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent for its Dynamic Policy Recognition Engine, the core technology behind Santcum's AppScan and AppShield. The DPRE automatically and continuously defines policy for Web sites without using signatures or rules. Instead, it enforces the intended behavior of all applications from the Web site to the database. DPRE protects online data by defining user behavior for each user, rather than relying on a set of rules or signatures for a large group of users.

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UK mobile service provider teams with @Stake

Digital security consultancy @Stake announced it will lend its services to One 2 One, a UK network mobile telecommunications service provider, securing the company's mobile network. One 2 One will receive high-level security consultancy, security assessments and training from @Stake.

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Gianus unveils invisible security system

New York-based Gianus Technologies released last week its Phantom Total Security software that employs stealth technology to protect data stored on a computer's hard drive. Phantom splits a hard drive in two, then makes one part invisible and impossible to attack. Phantom activates with a single click of an icon. It runs on Windows 9x/NT/Me/XP, Unix and Linux and is available for $190.

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