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Security concerns inspire simplicity

Despite their different approaches to secure Web and server applications, a number of security vendors are simplifying their products as they march towards a Web services protection showdown.

This week Okena. will announce the beta of the Sun Microsystems. Solaris agent of its StormWatch product. This will allow customers to extend application intrusion prevention to Microsoft Windows desktops, Solaris servers and Windows servers from a central management console, Ted Doty, director of product management at Okena, said.

Okena will also announce it is expanding out-of-the-box security policies to include new applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Unix Sendmail, and Apache servers.

Shedding signature-based detection, Stormwatch intercepts OS requests and will accept or repel the network call based on policy to prevent an application being tampered with.

Meanwhile, Sanctum has unveiled AppShield 4.0, an upgrade to its flagship application firewall product featuring forensics capabilities, improved integration and manageability and new templates for rapid deployment and configuration, Peggy Weigle, president and chief executive of Sanctum, said.

Michael Rasmussen, a security analyst at Giga Information Group, said that the complexity of application security products is a burden for some users and that pros and cons exist for application protection from either the server and infrastructure level or the application layer. "Deploying [solutions] as a gateway in front of Web servers on a single platform allows you to have one point of configuration and maintenance for the security," he said.

Meanwhile, Stratum8, will this month release its Stratum8 Application Protection System, delivered as a 3-inch thick, 1U-Linux Intel server appliance to be placed behind the firewall and in front of Web servers.

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