IT Weekly Roundup, Dec. 10

From the business wires this week: a firewall for education networks, a USB fingerprint reader for printing, and a man skates across the U.S. to meet Bill Gates.

Developed specifically for large education networks, Lightspeed Firewall from Lightspeed Systems enables administrators to allow or deny traffic according to security policies, thwart denial-of-service attacks and mask internal network structures. It also provides control of applications on the network, including blocking of spyware, instant messaging and peer-to-peer traffic, and records user usage of inventoried programs.

Intradyn made several enhancements to its ComplianceVault appliance to better meet e-mail-retention regulations. ComplianceVault 1.2 features an audit log, which records access of stored e-mails, improved diagnostics reporting enhanced tape drive (or library) messages that report detailed hardware result codes whenever an error occurs, and a secure “data wipe” function for secure removal of e-mail messages from the device’s hard disk.

In response to the increasing scourge of spyware among businesses, the latest versions of the Proventia Integrated Security Appliance product line from Internet Security Systems, Inc. now come integrated with anti-spyware capabilities. As with other Web filter categories in the solutions, the category for spyware is updated automatically to quickly counteract changing spyware sites.

silex FUS-200N

silex’s FUS-200N reads fingerprints at 500dpi.

Prevent coworkers from casually—or intentionally—reading sensitive documents on the network printer with SecurePrint, a biometric product from silex technology america. The basic SecurePrint bundle comes with a USB fingerprint reader, a four-port USB server that connects the fingerprint reader and three USB printers to a network, and SX-SecurePrint software to manage it all.

Foundry Networks expanded its lineup of modular Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical interfaces to enable businesses to take advantage of high-speed converged Gigabit and 10-GbE Ethernet networks. New additions to the family include the Ethernet-in-the-First-Mile (802.3AH EFM) Modular GbE Optical Interface, which integrates both the optical combiner and splitter into the SFP transceiver so that a single fiber strand can transmit bi-directionally. Prices range from $995 to $29,995 for the interfaces, with the 802.3AH EFM coming in at $1,495.

Intransa IP7500

Intransa IP7500 has a 24TB capacity (expandable to 32TB).

Intransa released the first member of the Intransa IP7000 series IP storage area network solutions. The enterprise-class, full-rack Intransa IP7500 combines the power of TCP/IP networking and convenience of standard ATA drives, as well as the ability to accept 20 redundant Gig-E connections (40 without).

Automate sorting and routing of all incoming information—snail mail to e-mail—with Smart!, a classification solution for enterprise information systems from Top Image Systems. Based on the eFLOW Unified Content Platform, Smart! offers tracking and routes digitized images of documents for further processing.

Pointsec released a new version of its security software for smartphones running Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003. Pointsec for Smartphone offers data protection for mobile devices based on Smartphone 2003, including such services as sign-in and encryption.

In tune with the charitable nature of the Christmas season, Krzystof Dzienniak, a 24-year-old Polish man, traveled more than 3,000 miles on inline skates to the headquarters of Microsoft Corp. on Monday seeking Bill Gates’ help in the plights of two disabled Polish girls. Dzienniak began his trek in New York in late August, inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump,” averaging about 32 miles a day and three pairs of inline skates on his philanthropic mission. Microsoft did agree to set up a special matching employee-contribution fund for the girls with Gates donating $1,000.

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