IBM details new security focus for its Tivoli unit

IBM has re-branded its Tivoli Systems security management products as Tivoli SecureWay software, and introduced a division dedicated to security for Internet commerce.

Part of the effort includes incorporating technologies obtained through IBM's recent acquisition of Dascom, a Web security company.

"The key, most important topic after (Y2K) for our customers to think about is security," said Carl Kessler, vice president and general manager of the newly formed Tivoli Security Business Unit.

A critical focus of IBM's security efforts will be providing fine-grained, secure network access and enabling customers to delegate access rights to business partners, Kessler said.

Tivoli SecureWay Policy Director, a technology acquired from Dascom, will provide granular access to e-business applications. IBM this spring plans to integrate Policy Director with the Tivoli management system, enabling Tivoli managers to add Policy Director users to the network via the Tivoli platform.

Other products offered under the Tivoli SecureWay nameplate include: User Administration, for managing user attributes and services; Security Manager, for role-based, distributed security management; Global Sign-On, providing access to network resources; FirstSecure, for securing e-business environments; and Public Key Infrastructure, technology providing registration and certification services for Web applications.

IBM's DB2 database platform will be the default directory for the security offerings, although the plan is to be directory-agnostic, according to IBM. To this effect, links are being provided to directories from Lotus, Netscape, and Entrust.

Negotiations are being held with Novell about linking to Novell Directory Services, said James Curtin, vice president of strategy, business development, and operations at IBM's Tivoli Systems.

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