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October 2004

Mobile Tools - October 2004

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By Teresa von Fuchs, Bryan Pedersen, and Michelle Maisto




Are you the KeyMaster?
Trying to keep up with security patches can be almost as much of a headache as the invaders you want to protect your system from. Sitekeeper 3.1 wants to ease your pains by overseeing patches and software updates for you. With true patch management using push
technology to update remote machines and an easy-to-use interface, Sitekeeper 3.1 allows administrators to update machines with just a few clicks. "Quick Filters" enable system administrators to zero in on the exact data they're looking for with a couple of mouse clicks. Price: $26.00 for 100–200 users.

Configured, Secured, Delivered
Citing research from Gartner that 70 percent of successful WLAN attacks through 2006 will result from misconfigured WLAN access points and client software, Full Mesh Networks is offering fully managed, instantly deployable secure WLANs to enterprise customers. Scalable plans range from all-inclusive (service plus Red-M hardware) to à la carte options, at a cost “usually less than a dollar per user per month.” Price: Variable.

Dynamic Duo
SyNet Electronics announces two new offerings: PC-Keeper, a software program that allows system administrators to remotely manage, monitor and communicate with any computer within a user group. And SecureSEND, e-mail and file exchange security software, which offers users the assurance that the data they send and receive, whether by e-mail, IM, memory card or other media, will remain confidential. Price: $49.95 for PC-Keeper, $29.95 for SecureSEND.

Security for All
Juniper Networks’ NetScreen SSL VPN portfolio is the first to include Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). SAML allows NetScreen to interoperate via standards-based interfaces for authentication, authorization and single sign-on (SSO) policies. Integrated SAML also allows the NetScreen appliances to seamlessly communicate with identity and access management (IAM) products. Juniper also recently announced an Endpoint Defense initiative for broader and deeper integration of NetScreen appliances with endpoint security products. NetScreen SSL VPN solutions with endpoint defense now offer a single public-facing deployment and integrated auditing, policy definition and central management. SSL VPN packages begin at $9,995.

Watchdog
AirPatrol Enterprise from Cirond acts as a watchdog for rogue acess points on your wired network. The program shows administrators where the access point is located, while the included AirSafe application prevents Win XP-based computers from piggybacking on your authenticated network connection. Price: $6,995.

Smarter Pass
Policy Orchestration from iPass is a layer of software intelligence built into the iPass connectivity platform that prevents laptops from accessing the Internet or corporate networks unless specific compliance policies are met. This can include up-to-date antivirus software, firewalls and other prerequisites set by the IT manager, all of which can be checked before the user even attempts an Internet connection. Price: N/A.
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