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NAI Labs to research next-gen network security

Network Associates Inc. last week announced that its advanced security research division, NAI Labs, has received three contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Proj-ects Agency to help build security for the next generation of computer networks.

Dubbed "Active Networks," the new initiative calls for research that will allow applications to deploy network services tailored to their specific needs in real time as data travels across a network. This new approach is designed to allow for more efficient use of hardware and bandwidth for distributed computing. But the dynamic capabilities of these networks increase the security risks of unauthorized use.

Under one contract, NAI Labs will develop secure working prototypes of active networks, and under another pact, NAI Labs will help develop a software base for active network nodes.

NAI Labs also is developing extended cryptographic techniques to meet the needs of active networks.


Dunn adds DVD to DT V

Dunn/IDP Computer Corp. last week announced it is the first vendor on the Air Force's Desktop V contract to offer Digital Video Disc technology.

DVD technology has been slowly replacing standard compact disc drives as the preferred medium for storing, playing and sharing multimedia information and applications.

DVD discs are capable of storing several times as much data as traditional CDs and provide significant performance gains in video and sound quality.

Dunn/IDP plans to offer the new drive with its 760 Series of workstations only, which are powered by Intel Corp.'s Pentium processor and run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 and 98 operating systems.

The factory-installed version of the drive will cost $190. The user-installed version will cost $232.


Raytheon backs Navy logs

Raytheon Co. last week won a five-year, $35 million contract to develop software that will support supply chain management at the Naval Air Depot, Cherry Point, N.C.

The contract is part of a "just-in-time warehousing" pilot program sponsored by the Defense Industrial Supply Center. The goal is to reduce the depot's inventory investments, cut maintenance cycle times and provide on-demand spare-parts delivery to maintenance personnel.

The software will help depot personnel predict the rate at which aircraft break down and will track procurement and delivery requirements. The award is the second such contract won by Raytheon during the past several months. The company won a similar contract in July worth $5 million for services at the Naval Air Depot, North Island, Calif.


Raytheon nabs NASA pact

NASA announced this month that it selected Raytheon STX Corp. for a $33 million contract to provide data operations and research and development support for the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The contractor's primary responsibilities include processing space science data as well as acquisition, modeling, analysis, archiving and dissemination of NASA archival data for the Space Science Data Operations Office and the National Space Science Data Center at Goddard.

The contract, which spans two years with three one-year options, started Dec. 1.


Netscape to resell Netegrity software to feds

Netscape Government Group this month announced that it will resell directory-enabled secure user management software from Netegrity Inc. to the government market.

Under the agreement, Netscape will license and resell Netegrity's SiteMinder software, which is a fully directory-enabled application that works with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT domains and with leading Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directories.

SiteMinder also provides single sign-on for World Wide Web applications and distributed management capabilities.


Open Text withdraws merger offer to PC DOCS

Open Text Corp. last week withdrew its offer to merge with PC DOCS Group International Inc. after PC DOCS rejected Open Text's offer twice. Open Text said it was "disappointed'' that PC DOCS' board thought discussions would be unproductive and said it was "puzzled'' by PC DOCS' "unwillingness to discuss the proposal.''

Michael O'Connor Clark, vice president of corporate marketing with PC DOCS, said in an interview earlier this month that his firm had been willing to consider the offer but did not like Open Text's tactics.


SAP adds new product to its GSA schedule

SAP America Public Sector Inc. is including iXOS Software Inc.'s iXOS-Archive under its GSA schedule contract. iXOS-Archive enables users of SAP R/3 to link documents from other applications, such as e-mail or word processors, to the R/3 system and automates document imaging, archiving, retrieval, sharing and delivery across an organization.

iXOS Software is one of many members in the SAP Complimentary Software Program, including GE Information Services Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.


IPNet opens federal office

Electronic commerce vendor IPNet Solutions Inc. announced it will open a federal office in Washington, D.C., next month to take advantage of e-commerce initiatives in the government. The office will be headed by Tim Almonds, previously with Sterling Commerce Inc.

IPNet's software supports trading partner transactions, including electronic data interchange, EDI over the Internet, Internet-based buying and selling, and supply chain management. Donald Willis, chief executive officer of IPNet, expects the government to represent at least 10 percent of IPNet's overall sales.


Imagination teams with FileNet

Imaging software vendor Imagination Software Inc. will resell FileNet Corp.'s Panagon document management suite, Imagination announced last week. Imagination will integrate its products with Panagon. Imagination sells tools for creating image capture applications as well as stand-alone products. Among its products is Imagine FOIA for capturing and processing paper documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

- Compiled by Brad Bass, Diane Frank, Heather Harreld, Colleen O'HARA and Elana Varon.


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