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NetIQ Packages its Security Products

NetIQ Corp. this week unveiled a major push to market and sell several of its products as a comprehensive security solution.

The company's new security strategy uses Security Manager as the headline act with supporting roles from several other NetIQ products. A few products from NetIQ's recent acquisition, WebTrends, are also included in the package.

Tom Kemp, senior vice president of products for NetIQ, laid out the reason for the suite. "Until now there hasn't been a single portal for correlating and managing security information and incidents across the wide variety of security applications across the enterprise," Kemp said.

NetIQ formed a security management sales team and a global channel initiative to kick start the security solution sales effort.

Security Manager provides the portal for the whole solution. The Windows NT/2000-based product handles real-time security monitoring, alerting, automated incident response, security policy configuration enforcement and host-based intrusion detection. NetIQ originally released the product in December 2000.

Integrated with that are Security Analyzer, Firewall Suite, Directory and Resource Administrator and File and Storage Administrator.

Security Analyzer, which performs vulnerability scanning and assessment across Windows, Solaris and Linux, is a rebranded WebTrends product.

The other rebranded WebTrends product, Firewall Suite, monitors events on more than 30 firewall products.

The WebTrends acquisition was announced in January and completed in late March.

Directory and Resource Administrator, which is for administration of user access rights and policy-based directory content management, came out in version 6.3 at TechEd last month. File and Storage Administrator, which keeps track and audits system permissions and storage usage, was released in a 2.0 version last September.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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