December 2008 19 12 Issue of SCMagazine

December 2008 19 12 Issue of SCMagazine

December 2008

Editorial

Betting on a fruitful 2009

Certainly, the election of the first African-American president in the U.S. and the long nomination process that finally led up to Barack Obama's win proved ...

2 minutes on

Is security recession proof?

There is no denying that the economy is tanking -- and fast. According to the Commerce Department, the U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate ...

Opinion

Simplifying security

Organizations continue to suffer from data breaches at an alarming rate. And these breaches inevitably result in a spate of new government standards and regulations ...

Who's calling, really?

Last December I received a call from my bank, checking in with me due to an unusual amount of credit card activity on the internet. ...

CSO's desk

Security pro versus organization

It's refreshing to me that more and more organizations are starting to realize the value of having a CISO that is experienced and accountable for ...

Features

IT security reboot 2008

With each passing year, IT security extends its reach far beyond the realm of the technical. As a testament to the mainstreaming of digital defense, ...

Worrisome forecast

Here's what already is fairly obvious: The turn of the calendar to 2009 promises further sophistication from organized cybercriminals, forcing the private and public sector ...

Last Word

The union of business and security

Compliance requirements are increasing in number and complexity. As companies find themselves obligated to comply with multiple industry regulations and government mandates, investments in security ...

Letters

Letters

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First Look

Solutions to an old problem with a new, but solid twist

Every now and then, some bright security pro has a flash of brilliance. Sometimes those flashes are hidden under mundane challenges. Passlogix's new Shared Accounts ...

Innovators for 2008

Innovators for 2008

This year, we took a look in the rearview mirror and observed a lot of convergence, but despite this trend interesting companies still flourish, says ...

Industry Innovators: Access Control

Access Control

This year our biggest product category was access control. This seems right because as the enterprise morphs into a ubiquitous environment - with few if ...

NAC: Bradford Networks

Bradford Networks is no stranger to these pages. An innovator from last year, Bradford has been reviewed a num­ber of times over the years, always ...

Credential management: Passlogix

Here is another vendor that we see a lot of in our labs. Passlogix knows who it is and concentrates on doing what it does ...

Identity management: Fischer International

Start with the recognition that identity management is just too hard to do, cre­ate a solution for that problem and then morph it into a ...

Multifactor authentication:TriCipher

What sets these guys apart from the multifactor herd? In a word, vision. From the start, TriCipher has had the vision of evolving into a ...

Access magagement: AppGate Network Security

This Swedish company will, I predict, set the benchmark here in the United States for how access to applications should be controlled. AppGate has helped ...

Industry Innovators: Analysis and Testing

Analysis and Testing

This category is my personal favorite because it touches on the types of tools we use in the lab. These tools cover a lot of ...

Vulnerability analysis: Mu Dynamics

When your price starts at $50,000 and you are unique in your marketplace, you'd better have a good product. For Mu Dynamics, that is just ...

Penetration testing: Core Security

I just love these folks. Take the best open source pen testing tool you can think of, put it on steroids, give it a user ...

Threat analysis: NitroSecurity

How do you differentiate a product that keeps getting mixed up with a commod­itized market, but really doesn't belong there? What differentiators do you look ...

SIEM: ArcSight

ArcSight gets a lot of play among security experts in the security event management (SEM)/security information manager (SIM) game.

Forensic tools: Mandiant

Sometimes you run across a company that just deserves to be selected as an innova­tor. You look them over and won­der why you didn't pick ...

Industry Innovators: Data Protection

Data Protection

So far, we have been concerned with tools that manage security and move information around. This category addresses the data itself. Data is, after all, ...

Email security: Tumbleweed Communications (Axway)

The big question I had for Tumbleweed was, "What is email security?" Over the past two years, as we have passed products through SC Labs, ...

Encryption: PGP

No matter how much things change, they stay the same. As I have pointed out, there have been massive changes in security drivers over the ...

Data leakage/extrusion prevention: Trend Micro

I don't recall the first time I heard the term "extrusion prevention system." It was, I think, an effort on the part of some marketer ...

Industry Innovators: Perimeter Defense

Perimeter Defense

One might view this traditional category as slowly fading from view as the perimeter becomes fuzzier and fuzzier. In fact, there are an ample number ...

UTM: Global DataGuard

Sometimes a different approach is needed. The notion of the UTM was developed from the need to consolidate point solutions. There are a lot of ...

IPS: Top Layer Security

If you thought the UTM market was crowded, take a look at the intrusion prevention systems (IPS) market. We bluntly asked our innovator in this ...

Wireless Security: AirMagnet

Wireless, is it? Everything is going wireless - well almost everything. That, in itself, poses a challenge for a wireless security company, such as this ...

Industry Innovators: Security Infrastructure

Security Infrastructure

Our last category this year is the one that ties everything together: security infrastructure. Here we are talking about those things that support all of ...

Content management: Finjan

The views of the visionary I spoke with from this veteran anti-malware company took the conversation in directions I had not expected. He started out ...

Policy management: LanDesk (Avocent)

All of us old-timers remember LanDesk from its days as part of Intel. It always was a solid suite of products. Now that it is ...

IT-GRC: Agiliance

And so we reach the end of this year's batch of innovators. But, as we look at this subcategory, we find that it wraps the ...

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