News in brief: this week's product releases

This week has seen a huge number of product releases at the RSA Conference and Mobile World Congress.

Here is a round-up of some of the releases and news we heard about this week:

Certgate has announced that it has expanded its encryption and NFC capabilities to smartphones and tablets to add functionality for access control, PKI, payment, data security and secure voice applications.

Trusted Logic Mobility and Wave have launched a combined solution that enables users to extend their security architectures, normally associated with their PC assets, to also cover mobile devices. Utilising the smartphone as a token to authenticate the user, the solution allows encrypted data held in a corporate laptop computer to be unlocked. This is enabled by secure software from Trusted Logic Mobility and a smartphone application developed by Wave for communication with the laptop as well as the software to evaluate the smartphone's integrity.

IntraLinks has launched IntraLinks Connect for the enterprise, a platform that enables any employee, within or outside an organisation, to share content and collaborate with business partners beyond the firewall, while ensuring adherence to corporate control, security and compliance requirements. Also using integrated rights management, fine-grained permissions and a comprehensive audit trail, IntraLinks Connect allows enterprises to share highly sensitive information without ever giving up visibility or control over the content.

Imation has introduced new purpose-built backup appliances designed to enable small- and medium-sized businesses to safeguard their valuable information with multiple levels of data protection from a single backup infrastructure. It said that the DataGuard Model R4 and DataGuard Model T5R are appliances which utilise hard drives, removable RDX disk cartridges, replication and cloud storage. The appliances are compatible with many cloud storage APIs and, once a cloud backup is seeded by shuttling RDX cartridges, they support remote backups and users can automate protection since data backup to cloud storage is performed without any human intervention once configured.

My1login launched this week with a military-grade encryption ‘vault' where users can manage, store and safely share their logins, passwords and PINs using a free, highly secure, web-based interface. Having been audited by HP and with encryption certification from Verisign, it said access to stored and encrypted passwords comes through each user's chosen unique ‘key', which remains fully private and not accessible by my1login staff. It uses internationally endorsed encryption standards with the user's browser encrypting all login data using the chosen ‘key', before transmitting it for secure storage on my1login's database.

NaviSite launched a cloud-based desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) that enables organisations to deliver virtual desktop services to local and remote users from the cloud. Powered by its platform and Desktone, it allows IT departments to add or remove desktops quickly and securely and enables organisations to scale based on the immediate needs of their business.

McAfee has launched an enterprise solution offering real-time protection for business-critical databases. Named Database Activity Monitoring, it supports MySQL and Teradata databases in an effort to ensure complete protection across the most popular database management systems. It is also integrated with McAfee's Vulnerability Manager for Databases and its ePolicy Orchestrator console.

NetIQ launched a security information and event management (SIEM) solution named Sentinel 7 that it said readily adapts to dynamic enterprise environments and delivers the "actionable intelligence" that security professionals need to quickly understand their threat posture and prioritise response. It said Sentinel 7 delivers full-featured SIEM including real-time event analysis and log management, and maximises the ability to align SIEM to organisational needs.

FireEye has launched the File Malware Protection System that is designed to detect and eliminate malware resident on file shares, web-based email, social networking, online file transfer tools, personal storage devices and other manual means that bring files into the network. File shares are analysed using the FireEye Virtual Execution Engine that detects zero-day malicious code embedded in all common file types. The File MPS performs recursive, scheduled and on-demand scanning of accessible network file shares to identify and quarantine resident malware without impact on corporate productivity.

Fortinet launched two next-generation firewalls, both designed to meet the growing threat protection and IT infrastructure control requirements of large enterprises, service providers and carriers that provide complex, multi-tenant cloud-based services. It said that the FortiGate-3240C is a multi-threat security appliance that provides best-in-class port density for optimal scalability, while the FortiGate-5101C is a high-powered security blade that integrates the latest FortiASIC processors to accelerate the performance of FortiGate-5000 Series ATCA-compliant systems, including the FortiGate-5140B.

HP launched its Security Intelligence and Risk Management (SIRM) platform, which it said bridges the gap between security and IT operations, helping organisations to move beyond a bolted-on, single-purpose product strategy. It said this provides visibility across security assets in the context of business-critical processes and applications, with HP EnterpriseView that provides C-level executives with a dynamic dashboard and prioritised heat-map view of risk across the enterprise; an Application Security Monitor gives visibility into application security threats, and shortens the time needed to deploy monitoring by significantly reducing costly custom programming. The TippingPoint technology is utilised in a next-generation Intrusion Prevention System that delivers protection against complex application threats in conjunction with the SIRM platform.

Advanced security intelligence and analytics provider Solera Networks has announced the latest enhancement to its DeepSee platform – the Real-Time Extractor that automatically extracts and analyses any file, including the most prevalent and malicious types. It said it enables immediate, automatic identification and alerting of advanced and zero-day threats and, by integrating with best-of-breed malware detection and analysis systems, DeepSee enables organisations to leverage existing tools to respond faster and more accurately to attacks.

Sourcefire has launched a next-generation Intrusion Prevention System to provide fully integrated and intelligent application control. It enables companies to control access to thousands of applications, and provides custom detection and control for homegrown applications with threat-mitigating controls to reduce attack surface and enforce usage policies.

WatchGuard launched two unified threat management (UTM) appliances, the XTM 25 and 26, to offer full HTTPS inspection, VoIP support and options for application control. They also offer other WatchGuard security services such as WebBlocker, spamBlocker, Gateway Antivirus, Intrusion Prevention Service and Reputation Enabled Defense.

Device recognition technology vendor 41st Parameter has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its SafeSession technology, which protects against man-in-the-middle attacks. The technology enables users to detect when a session is being used by more than one device concurrently.

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