[ISN] HP reveals security initiatives

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Date: Tue Oct 06 1998 - 17:40:58 PDT

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    HP reveals security initiatives
    By Michael Kanellos
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    October 5, 1998, 3:05 p.m. PT
    Hewlett-Packard rolled out a new initiative to make it easier for
    corporate customers to adopt security technology today and enhanced the
    performance of its Vectra VL desktops. 
    The HP ProtectTools program is the company's initiative to popularize the
    use of smart cards and other security/management technology with corporate
    customers, according to Achim Kuttler, product marketing manager for
    commercial desktops at HP. 
    These technologies already exist in the marketplace, but customers have
    yet to adopt them in large numbers, he said. Only around 10 percent of HP
    customers, for example, have adopted HP's TopTools desktop management
    system, which allows IT managers to shut down, update, or monitor PC use
    from a central location. 
    ProtectTools essentially exists to take the pain out of the adoption
    process. "We need to provide the resources and means to create a managed
    environment," he said. "ProtectTools is not a product. It is more of an
    Under a new smart card program, HP is working with Gemplus and
    Schlumberger to create sites that will explain the benefits and procedures
    for incorporating smart card readers into a PC network. 
    With a smart card, a PC becomes virtually impenetrable to outside attack.
    While more secure than standard password-based access systems, smart card
    security systems have not sold in huge numbers. HP itself used to offer a
    Brio system with a smart card reader built in, but discontinued it, said
    HP is also in the process of ramping up a consulting offering that will
    ease the process of adopting its TopTools system, said sources. Kuttler
    said that HP has been working with a limited number of partners to expand
    the use of TopTools in the U.S.  and that it's likely the program will
    Compaq is said to be working on a similar consulting program for its own
    manageability software, said sources. 
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