[ISN] Novell Updates Security Suite

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Date: Wed Sep 23 1998 - 11:36:55 PDT

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    Novell updates security suite
    By Ben Heskett
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    September 22, 1998, 12:50 p.m. PT
    Continuing a fast-paced effort to get products out the door, networking
    software maker Novell delivered a test version of its security software
    suite to a limited number of customers, with final shipment of the update
    due by the end of the year. 
    The Orem, Utah-based software firm has extended its core efforts so that
    new types of functions can take advantage of its Novell Directory
    Services--what the company hopes will be a primary driver for developers. 
    Thus, Novell's combination of caching, firewall, authentication, and
    secure private networking, known as BorderManager, continues to be a prime
    focus as an example of what a central administration point on a network,
    namely Novell Directory Services, can do for applications that run on top
    of it. A directory essentially provides a central database for a host of
    information on users, systems, software, and network devices. 
    As an example, the combination of services now features a single sign-on
    component so that a user can easily log-in, whether they are setting up a
    secure connection from within a corporation, across the Net, or through a
    secure "extranet" link. 
    Novell executives believe their bundled approach to security, called
    BorderManager Enterprise Edition 3.0 in its latest incarnation, has been
    validated by the shopping spree underway in the security software market,
    exemplified by the variety of acquisitions made by Network Associates. 
    Services in the suite include: a firewall, virtual private network
    support, a caching mechanism, and authentication of users. Besides the new
    single sign-on feature, Novell has added the ability to create an access
    control mechanism by user, so that one department within a corporation can
    be sealed off from another, if necessary. 
    Novell said a new installation component allows a BorderManager server to
    be installed in 15 minutes. 
    The test process follows the recent high-profile launch of an upgrade to
    the company's flagship NetWare operating system, the first version to
    support IP, the standard transmission protocol for the Net. 
    Each copy of BorderManager comes with a two-user license for both NetWare
    4.11 and 5.0.  Pricing for the updated suite was not announced. 
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