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
from Lightspeed Systems
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. http://www.eratefirewall.com
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. http://www.iss.net
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. http://www.silexamerica.com
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. http://www.foundrynetworks.com
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). http://www.intransa.com
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