Tools focus on automated security

Security vendor Polivec has introduced a product to automate the process of monitoring and enforcing corporate security policies.

Security vendor Polivec has introduced a product to automate the process of monitoring and enforcing corporate security policies.

Using Polivec Enforcer, security administrators would be able to monitor a network for user actions or system configurations that violate an organisation's stated security policy.

The release is one of an increasing number of products that address the need for tools to help administer and enforce IT usage policies.

Policy automation should help companies continuously monitor the security status of their organisation and systems, said Clint Kreitner, president of The Center for Internet Security, a non-profit organisation that helps US corporations with security-related issues.

Such monitoring could extend all the way down to the proper configuration of workstations, servers, routers, firewalls and switches at the detailed operational level, he said.

One user, a credit union, now gets automatic alerts if usage policy is breached. Security flaws, such as non-secure user passwords, faulty or inadequate patches, and unauthorised changes to configuration or registry settings all trigger alerts to the systems administrator. The alerts are pushed up the management chain if they aren't acted upon within preset time limits.

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