Security made simple
- By Diane Frank
- May 08, 2000
RedCreek Communications Inc. last week announced a new management tool for
virtual private networks designed to let non-technical managers set and
enforce security policies across an organization.
The RedCreek e-Director (ReD) provides central management of all the
RedCreek VPNs throughout an agency. Many security products can be difficult
to manage, especially when it comes to the continual changes that must be
made to react to changing personnel, policies and environment. The ReD is
designed so that it is easy for someone without a technical background to
manage a complex security policy, said Steve Peters, executive vice president
of engineering at RedCreek.
Using templates, a security manager can choose the security level needed
for a certain application or group of users. The ReD then turns the appropriate
technical commands on or off to enable that security level, Peters said.
RedCreek's products are available through Patriot Technology Inc.'s
General Services Administration schedule contract. Patriot offers other
security products, and ease of use has definitely become an issue, said
Bruce Tucker, president of Patriot.
"As government continues to reinvent itself, the need for it to be easier
to manage products is essential; when it comes to security, you can't have
any mistakes," he said.