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GTSI offers enhanced online features

Government Technology Services Inc. last week announced several new features for its GTSI Online catalog. Those features include real-time pricing information expanded and faster searching and a "procurement work space." The work space allows users to create shopping baskets obtain quotes and create orders which are maintained online under the user's individual account. The system also provides simultaneous searches across multiple contracts to find the best price for a given product. The service is available at www.gtsi.com.

Group validates DSN security features

A consortium of 45 companies and 16 government agencies has validated the security features and performance of Digital Secured Networks' (DSN) advanced encryption product NetFortress. According to a report by the Security Proof of Concept Keystone (SPOCK) consortium chaired by the National Security Agency NetFortress prevents hackers from obtaining useful information about transmitted data packets and can be used to connect enclaves across an unsecured network with "a high degree of confidentiality."

Ironically NetFortress fended off a hacker attack during an unplanned intrusion attempt during the validation tests. The intruder attempted to identify the ports being used in the test in an effort to capture critical network data but the NetFortress completely disguised all the Internet Protocol packet information from view.

Participants in the SPOCK tests include five U.S. military commands three federal agencies and two commercial companies. The SPOCK tests were designed to analyze the performance of the NetFortress product in real-world client/server networking arenas and under realistic network loads to validate the security claims by Tampa Fla.-based DSN. The tests validated the company's claims for access control and encryption techniques attack protection functionality and performance.

Entrust allies with WorldTalk

Entrust Technologies announced an alliance last week with WorldTalk Corp. that will incorporate WorldTalk's WorldSecure Client product to Entrust's family of e-mail security products.

WorldSecure Client is a desktop e-mail security application that leverages the Secure MIME standard to secure e-mail attachments and files. The Entrust-Ready version of the client will be added to Entrust's family of products to provide an additional layer of security for a range of e-mail products that represent the majority of e-mail products in use in enterprises today including Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange Lotus Development Corp.'s Notes Microsoft Outlook Novell Inc.'s Groupwise Lotus' ccMail and Eudora Pro.

Ottawa-based Entrust will resell the final Entrust-Ready WorldSecure product through its direct and indirect distribution channels.

TIS announces NT security management

Trusted Information Systems Inc. (TIS) announced last week that it is developing a suite of security management tools designed for use with Microsoft Corp's proxy server and the next version of its Windows NT server.Glenwood Md.-based TIS also announced that the next version of Microsoft's proxy server is being built with a security architecture that will effectively complement TIS' Gauntlet Internet Firewall which is widely used in the federal government.

TIS' development work is designed to provide Windows NT server users with a full-service security solution for managing network security.

The Microsoft proxy server acts as a content cache server to enforce Internet security and protect private Windows NT server networks from hackers. In addition when the server is used in tandem with a Gauntlet Firewall it is designed to bring unprecedented security management and networking capabilities to the enterprise TIS officials said.

TIS recently announced the availability of its turnkey NT firewall solution and also began shipping the newest version of its Unix software Gauntlet Internet Firewall version 4.0.

IBM to Resell WebStalker-Pro

Security company Haystack Labs Inc. announced last week that IBM Corp. will resell Austin Texas-based Haystack Labs' WebStalker-Pro content management product through its worldwide distribution channel.

WebStalker-Pro will be available as part of IBM's RS/6000 Internet PowerSolutions which are ready-to-run Web server systems consisting of integrated hardware and software that can be combined with service and support from IBM and IBM business partners.

WebStalker-Pro for IBM AIX-based systems is a software-based automated management tool designed to harden RS/6000 Web servers by protecting content files and server processes from internal misuse or external attacks by bypassing a firewall. It manages and controls access to the Web site content by permitting only authorized individuals to modify content files. It also functions as active security software with the capability of kicking an intruder off a network.

-- Compiled by Heather Harreld and John Moore.

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