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Quick Takes: ZIP inventors add encryption

PKWare announced new PKZip products that add strong encryption for MVS and OS/400 platforms and upgrades to its Unix and Windows products, leading off this edition of Quick Takes.

PKWare rolls out new PKZIP products for Windows, Unix, MVS, OS/400

PKWare, inventors of the ZIP data-compression standard on several platforms, made four announcements this including the addition of strong encryption for its PKZIP products for MVS and OS/400, a new version of its PKZIP product for Unix and enhancements to its PKZIP product for Windows.

PKZIP for MVS and OS/400 combines leading data compression and encryption technologies, including 256-bit AES strong encryption to help enterprises and their partners securely exchange data via e-mail. The products help enterprises meet regulatory requirements to come into compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leach Bliley (GLB).

PKZIP for UNIX 6.0 includes new data compression features that support virtually unlimited ZIP file size and files per archive and integrates security features powered by industry-leading RSA BSAFE software and introduces an interactive X-Window graphical user interface in addition to the traditional command line mode.

PKZIP for Windows adds IBM Lotus Notes integration and a new desktop security module with cryptographic capabilities powered by RSA BSAFE software.

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New Check Point products address enterprises, service providers

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced new products for high-end enterprise and service provider customers. New VPN-1/FireWall-1 VSX products includes: new management platforms for multi-domain, multi-customer management; secure routing between virtual segments using Check Point's Virtualized LAN technology; overlapping IP domain spaces for simplified network provisioning; SmartDefense security delivering attack prevention and protection.

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GFI upgrades LANguard scanner

Content and network security vendor GFI announced an upgrade to GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner. Version 3.1 is free for non-commercial use. It scans networks for vulnerabilities and provides administrators with a hacker's view of their network and identifies vulnerabilities before they are exploited. It also checks for the latest patches and service packs and can be tweaked to add the fixes automatically. Version 3.1 can also provide information regarding open shares, open ports, services/applications active on the computer, the status of key registry entries and the presence of weak passwords. It can also detect potential Trojans installed on users' workstations and determine if the operating system (OS) is advertising too much information to the outside world.

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Bank chooses GuardedNet for threat management

Enterprise security event management software vendor GuardedNet announced that financial services company Silicon Valley Bank selected GuardedNet's neuSECURE software to enable enhanced threat management on its networks. NeuSECURE aggregates, correlates and analyzes the log data from multiple security devices in Silicon Valley Bank's infrastructure, including firewalls and network- and host-based intrusion detection systems. It provides a centralized monitoring platform for data logging, event correlation, threat analysis, threat response and forensic investigation of the enormous quantities of security event data.

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