CA unifies eTrust tools

Attempting to resolve enterprise integration and security concerns, Computer Associates International Inc. this week will introduce its new eTrust Command Center product designed to unify CA's own and third-party security tools.

The Islandia, N.Y.-based company will also announce its reshaped eTrust product line, featuring Identity Management, Access Management, and Threat Management as lead brand units, said Russ Artzt, executive vice president and cofounder of CA.

Running on CA's CleverPath portal, Command Center will manage, isolate, and visualize the full gamut of enterprise security related events in a centralized view, Artzt noted.

"It's like a Unicenter for the security environment," said Artzt, referring to CA's flagship systems management product. "Viruses, worms, network attacks, firewall violations, all of these things get collected and sent over."

Slated for beta release next month, Command Center has Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.'s VPN and firewall integration, soon to be followed by Cisco's. Command Center will even include competing security offerings in the near future, Artzt noted.

From a professional services and systems integration perspective, CA will leverage its partnership with Ernst and Young to assist customers.

According to Jim Hurley, vice president and managing director of IS at Boston-based Aberdeen Group Inc., CA must strengthen its policy-automation capabilities.

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