Of the classifications we looked at, access control is among the most multidimensional. We defined access control fairly broadly as including identification, authentication and authorization. Networkaccess control — NAC — is a very hot topic at the moment.
There's yet another IT security bandwagon onto which any number of vendors are jumping. And, whether companies refer to it as networkaccess management (NAM), networkaccess control (NAC), or networkaccess protection (NAP), the main question is: Who has the real deal?
There is no denying the IT security market is alive and well. Depending on who you ask, between 400 and 1,500 security companies are in business worldwide, offering solutions ranging from anti-virus software to networkaccess control appliances to consulting services. This, of course, should come as no surprise — especially when one considers enterprises are spending more money than ever before to meet compliance requirements and to defend against sophisticated and targeted attacks that could lead to embarrassing, costly breaches.
At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the name of the game is discovery. This Department of Energy multidisciplinary lab in Richland, Wash., has scientists working in an open environment on projects that range from mathematics to physics to genetics.
Layer 7 Technologies, provider of extensible markup language (XML) security and networking, has appointed Ed Koepfler as president and CEO. His role will be to further the Vancouver, British Columbia company's push into new markets and development of its XML security and service- and web-oriented architecture technologies. Koepfler previously held leadership roles at Clearsight Systems and Icarian.
Lumeta, a provider of network intelligence solutions, has promoted David Arbeitel to CTO and senior vice president of product strategy. He previously served as senior vice president of strategic development. Arbeitel's new role comes as Lumeta is expanding its overall technology focus to help businesses with compliance, IT optimization and security risk management.
If you want to learn something about security, who better to talk with than an IT professional at an educational institution? After all, they deal with most, if not all, of the challenges their colleagues in enterprises face, and more — much more.
VASCO, a leading authentication provider for the financial sector, has acquired Logico Smart Card Solutions for approximately $1.5 million in cash. The purchase of the Vienna-based Logico, an authentication storage specialist, allows VASCO to expand its presence in the smart card and public key infrastructure markets. Logico has customers in the healthcare, manufacturing and government sectors.