[ISN] Gartner, ICSA check security risks

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    Gartner, ICSA check security risks
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET NEWS.COM
    August 18, 1998, 5 p.m. PT
    URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,25417,00.html
    Gartner Group and the International Computer Security Association will
    unveil a new security service tomorrow that gives customers an in-depth
    analysis of their Internet security risks, including both business
    practices and technical aspects. 
    The Internet Security Exposure Analysis Service from Gartner Measurement
    is designed for executives in large companies that may not understand
    online security details but fear the havoc and PR disasters created by
    break-ins to Web sites or corporate networks. 
    In April, Gartner took a 19.9 percent equity stake Investor in ICSA, a
    for-profit company. 
    "The objective is to provide a one-time snapshot of what areas are
    vulnerable to exploitation by would-be hackers," said ICSA's George Japak,
    director of program management. 
    The service uses elements of ICSA's TruSecure security assessment service
    and Gartner's Technology, Organization and Process (TOP) model, which
    evaluates questionnaires from customers to identify business practices,
    transactions, and procedures that put sensitive corporate information at
    Some parts of the service are similar to capabilities of security scanning
    software from vendors such as Internet Security Systems, but it works with
    an outside authority for the evaluation rather than with an in-house
    department that may have established the security system being tested. 
    In the end, Gartner creates a report and with ICSA makes a presentation to
    The service is priced at $25,000 for a network with up to 500 IP addresses
    and an unlimited number of devices. 
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