Stories by Bob Francis

Preventsys, iDefense launch threat manager

Preventsys, an enterprise security management provider, and iDefense, a security intelligence firm, have launched the iDefense Threat Manager. The appliance-based solution automatically matches iDefense's early warning intelligence with Preventsys' network assessment solution to pinpoint assets at risk and recommend proactive steps to prevent damage. The two companies announced the new product at this week's RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Security wares abound at RSA Conference

To judge from the number of announcements made at this week's RSA Conference, IT managers may need a defense against security software and hardware salespeople.

EMC offers iSCSI Clariion

EMC is entering the iSCSI (Internet SCSI) SAN market in a big way this week with a range of Clariion arrays utilizing lower-cost technology. Clariion partner Dell is also adding the product to its own lineup of storage offerings.

Service is new tale of the tape

As companies move to consolidate tape and disk storage systems, tape storage vendors are offering additional options to increase the value and flexibility of their systems.

F5 adds speed to switches

F5 Networks this week is announcing a high-end version of its Big-IP layers 4-7 switch, a compression card, and an updated version of its software all designed to improve performance.

CryptoStor combines storage, security

NeoScale Systems on Monday announced its CryptoStor for Tape 700, a new family of tape media security appliances that help organizations achieve information privacy and regulatory compliance by dynamically compressing, encrypting, and digitally signing data as it is written to tape libraries or virtual tape systems.

Know thy hacker

I recently attended a local meeting of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) to hear a presentation by Mark Loveless, who heads up the Razor research team at BindView.

EMC, Veritas refresh backup wares

Companies looking to strengthen their data backup and recovery methods will have some new options as products arrive with enhanced disk and tape capabilities and improved functionality.

Liberty Alliance elects new president

The Liberty Alliance has announced a new president to head the organization designed to create open standards and business guidelines for federated identity management.

Enterprises pushing 10GigE to edge

Enterprises are propelling 10-Gigabit Ethernet as far to the network edge as possible with Gigabit Ethernet handling bandwidth chores to the desktop. Switches from Cisco Systems, Force10 Networks, and Foundry Networks are expanding the reach of 10GigE even farther into the enterprise to satisfy such requirements.

IBM launches virtualization assault on EMC

IBM on Friday took aim at its primary competitor, EMC, by announcing storage virtualization software that allows EMC users to utilize storage systems from EMC, Hitachi, or IBM.

CA updates Unicenter offerings

Computer Associates on Monday announced the general availability of three Unicenter performance management products for mainframe data management.

Cisco switches add 10GigE features

Cisco Systems has beefed up its switching portfolio with several new and upgraded switches and systems designed to make 10GigE more affordable, increase availability, boost security, and add power over Ethernet features.

Phishing on the increase, group says

Online phishing schemes increased significantly in October as financial institutions struggled to combat attempts to steal private account information from online consumers, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).