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Gateway announces workstation

Gateway 2000 Inc. last week announced a workstation-class product running Intel Corp.'s Pentium II chip.

The workstations will become the high end of Gateway's E Series line of PCs. The products are slated for availability in the calendar fourth quarter. Gateway's E Series products are offered through the General Services Administration schedule.

The new workstations will support dual 266 MHz or 300 MHz Pentium II chips and ship with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT. The products will support the Accelerated Graphics Port an open interface specification designed by Intel.

DARPA award will test supercomputer

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $1.9 million contract to the University of California San Diego to test a new type of supercomputer called Tera MTA.

The supercomputer made by Tera Computer Co. is based on a multi-threaded architecture that enables each processor to handle multiple instructions at once.

The 18-month test to include several large Defense applications will be the first not sponsored by Tera itself. Researchers want to learn whether the new computer which will be delivered to the San Diego Supercomputing Center this fall scales more easily and is easier to program than existing supercomputers.

GTSI adds Finjan to GSA sked

Government Technology Services Inc. has added Internet Java security software from Finjan Inc. to its General Services Administration schedule contract.

GTSI is offering Finjan's SurfinGate Java content inspection technology designed to protect agencies from Internet attacks through hostile applets. Mini-applications such as Java applets enter network computers whenever users access Java-enabled World Wide Web sites or use Web browsers. SurfinGate is designed to prevent Java applet attacks that can bypass built-in security mechanisms.

It protects a network from undesired Java applets at the gateway level before a security risk can reach critical resources according to company officials. The product inspects and analyzes all applets and manages a hierarchical Java security policy for departments groups and users in the organization.More than 90 percent of the firewall industry now supports Finjan's content inspection technology as part of the concern's Java Security Alliance first announced in January. Last month Cisco Systems Inc. joined the alliance and will integrate Finjan's content inspection technology into its suite of security solutions.

Grant Thornton Sysorex name execs

Grant Thornton LLP last week announced the appointment of Douglas K. Stevens Jr. as partner in charge of the management consulting firm's Advanced Technology and Applications Systems Group Vienna Va. Stevens joins Grant Thornton from Information Management Consultants Inc. where he was senior vice president and chief operating officer.Sysorex Information Systems Inc. meanwhile has named Edward L. Abner as vice president of sales at the Fairfax Va. integrator. Abner formerly was director of national account sales in the Military Systems business unit of Electronic Data Systems Corp.

TIS ships RecoverKey system

Trusted Information Systems Inc. last month began shipping its complete RecoverKey system which allows users to control the emergency recovery of their encrypted information.

The Glenwood Md.-based company recently announced availability of the third and final component of the RecoverKey system Key Recovery Centers. These centers provide management capabilities and incorporate all the components necessary for creating private self-contained user-controlled infrastructures for organizations to control their encrypted information according to company officials.

Stephen Walker TIS president and chief executive officer said that it is unnecessary and ill-advised to link the use of key recovery with a government-mandated public-key infrastructure for electronic commerce. Legislation that would force the linkage of key recovery and the issuance of public-key certificates by government-approved certificate authorities now is being considered by Congress.

"TIS developed the user-controlled RecoverKey system to empower information owners to use strong encryption while simultaneously providing a way for users to recover their own encrypted data without being tied to any particular key management scheme " Walker said. "RecoverKey means users can choose - and change - which forms of key management and which types of public-key certificates they want to use."

Data General expands firewall line

Data General recently expanded its SecureLiine family of Internet security solutions with the introduction of its Firewall-in-a-Box product packages.Firewall-in-a-Box packages include CyberGuard Corp.'s B1 level firewall and Raptor Systems Inc.'s Eagle NT and The Wall network security products. Those products are sold in combination with Data General's Aviion server packaged in a single pre-tested rack-mount or tower configuration.

- Compiled by Elana Varon Heather Harreld and John Moore.

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