[ISN] RSA breaks out new security tools

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    RSA breaks out new security tools
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    October 6, 1998, 6:15 a.m. PT
    NEW YORK--RSA Data Security today announced a new version of its
    encryption tools for building secure applications that support the S/Mime
    The tools allow software developers to build secure communications and
    e-commerce applications such as Internet EDI or email for the Net,
    corporate intranets, and extranets. Formerly known as S/Mail, the security
    toolkit has been renamed BSafe S/Mime-C 2.0. 
    RSA's announcement comes amid a flurry of Internet security announcements
    timed for this week's Internet World trade show in New York.  Also
    unveiling news for the show are Security-7 for blocking malicious mobile
    code, Secure Computing for a new version of its firewall software and
    NetNanny, for its BioPassword software that measures an individual's
    personal keystroke rhythm while typing a password for access control. 
    RSA's toolkit enables server-to-server communications for e-commerce,
    supports digital certificates and public key infrastructure software via
    LDAP directories, and can import cryptographic keys or certificates from
    other applications. 
    BSafe S/Mime-C is available now as a software development kit for $295.
    Runtime licenses for products and support using the tools are available on
    a royalty, per-seat, or annual fee basis. 
    Tomorrow Net Nanny is scheduled to release its patented BioPassword
    software for biometric access control technology, which has been in
    testing since August. The software measures each person's keystroke rhythm
    while typing a password to authenticate users. Unlike other biometric
    technologies, it requires no special hardware. 
    Initially, BioPassword will be offered through a COM-based software
    development kit so developers can build it into other security
    applications. The company also plans its own log-in and document security
    software for consumers and will incorporate the software in its own
    URL-filtering products. 
    The technology also can be used in any device with a keyboard or keypad
    including ATMs, phones, and keyboard locks. 
    The technology will also be available through the OEM channel and through
    downloads from the company's Web site. BioPassword currently runs on
    Windows 95, 98, and Windows NT with plans to deploy it for Windows CE. 
    Security-7's SafeGate 2.0 is a gateway product that checks
    Internet-applications and services for malicious code before letting them
    onto a network.  The product examines incoming traffic from the Internet
    for malicious Java applets, ActiveX components, JavaScript, Jscript, and
    "Our philosophy is to enable new enterprise applications that require
    mobile code running across the network," said Security-7's Dave McNamara.
    "We enable what's important and we'll block the rest." 
    By inspecting each potentially harmful piece of code at the gateway,
    SafeGate 2.0 allows only approved programs onto the enterprise network. 
    Security managers set policies to allow trusted Web applications onto the
    network while keeping potentially damaging code out. 
    SafeGate 2.0, designed to complement firewalls, differs from competitive
    offerings that block all unidentified mobile code by selectively allowing
    trusted software into an enterprise, McNamara said. Security-7 also is the
    first mobile-code software vendor to join Microsoft's security partners
    SafeGate 2.0 is available now and prices begin at $4,000. It runs on
    Windows NT, but Unix versions are under development. 
    Secure Computing's version 4.0 of its Sidewinder firewall integrates the
    latest virtual private network standards for IPsec encryption. Pricing
    starts at $6,900 for 100 users; an unlimited-user license is $19,900. 
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