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Kasten Chase offers remote-access Fortezza

Kasten Chase Applied Research Ltd. last week announced its new Fortezza-based Secure Remote Access Solution, which has been approved by the National Security Agency as part of its remote-access security program.

The system, which was developed jointly by three firms, is designed to provide government agencies with strong security for remote-access applications. The product features authentication, encryption and desktop protection.

The Secure Remote Access Solution is designed to protect against unauthorized viewing of data moving along public phone lines, prevent unauthorized network access and protect information stored on mobile desktop and laptop computers. It combines technologies from Kasten Chase, Spyrus and Mykotronx.

Defense messaging guards to be added to firewall

The National Security Agency has awarded Secure Computing Corp. an alternate Defense Message System guard development contract to add specialized DMS functionality to the company's firewall.

Secure Computing will add e-mail guard functionality to its Sidewinder firewall. Sidewinder is a network security gateway designed to offer sophisticated access controls and advanced filtering mechanisms for three major areas of vulnerability: e-mail, World Wide Web pages and Java applets.

Embedded in Sidewinder will be Secure Computing's Type Enforcement technology, which was developed for classified government agencies. It is designed to secure the underlying firewall operating system and to protect network services by segmenting them into individual domains, with each domain having permission to access specific file types and other domains.

Air Intelligence taps RGB for videoconferencing

The RGB/Videolink scan converter has been chosen by the National Air Intelligence Center to help transmit computer-based presentations from its Video Teleconferencing Center.

The NAIC, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, provides aerospace intelligence to the operational commands of the Air Force and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. To share intelligence information with its widespread customer base, the NAIC utilizes the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, which is an encrypted, secure communications system that includes a video teleconferencing center.

Traditional teleconferencing equipment allowed for live-camera, person-to-person presentations and the viewing of videotaped materials, but NAIC officials wanted to include the ability to transfer images directly from Sun Microsystems Inc. workstations.

To transform the computer's output into a video format suitable for teleconferencing, NAIC officials purchased RGB/Videolink from RGB Spectrum, Alameda, Calif.

Vredenburg gets stake in Highland

Reston, Va., integrator Vredenburg has invested in Highland Technologies Inc., a privately held firm that makes imaging software. Vredenburg has been using Highland's image-

processing product, HighView, on its federal contracts for the past three years and recently released an off-the-shelf product, V:EFOIA, which is based on HighView, for processing electronic Freedom of Information Act requests.

Vredenburg's Information Technology Division, VITGroup, will become the exclusive provider of HighView for law enforcement and intelligence applications, but Highland will continue to make its product available to other customers through existing channels, Vredenburg said.

Vredenburg bought a minority interest in Highland but would not disclose its value.

FileNet product tapped for records management

FileNet Corp. announced last week that the Defense Department has certified Panagon, the company's document management software application, as compliant with DOD requirements for tracking and maintaining electronic records. Panagon incorporates ForeMost, an electronic recordkeeping application from Provenance Systems Inc.

The certification means customers using Panagon to control access to active documents can add ForeMost to their system to track how long the documents need to be kept.

So far three other solutions also have received the DOD stamp of approval: the stand-alone package Trim, from Tower Software Corp., and ForeMost as a stand-alone application and as an integrated application with CS-CIMS, a correspondence management system from DynSolutions.

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