[ISN] Security show to highlight industry trends

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    Security show to highlight industry trends
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    January 14, 1999, 6:20 p.m. PT
    The biggest trends in Internet security will be showcased next week at the
    annual RSA Data Security conference, put on by the leading vendor of
    encryption technology.
    With more than 50 security firms scheduled to make announcements, the
    dominant themes are continuing industry consolidation, digital-certificate
    technologies growing up into public key infrastructure software [PKI], and
    continuing action in intrusion-detection software. Virtually absent this
    year are the once-ubiquitous firewall companies, mostly swallowed up or
    morphed into virtual private network [VPN] vendors. 
    Zona Research analyst Jim Balderston expects news of integrated security
    offerings from vendors like IBM and Hewlett Packard--a welcome development
    for harried IT managers who now must integrate a series of discrete
    security products. 
    "We're going to see a lot more in the way of people announcing initiatives
    or products that offer more holistic security environments," said
    Balderston, who expects no blockbuster news from the show. "It is a
    natural evolution for vendors to start talking about more integrated
    foundations on which to build security." 
    Ted Julian of Forrester Research says the RSA show is emerging as a key
    venue for not just cryptographers but network security firms in general to
    "Last year, people knew it would be big show, but it was even bigger than
    expected. This is the first year where it's institutionalized as one of
    the major security shows of the year," Julian said. "It's prime time." 
    On encryption export policy, a hot topic at past RSA conferences, HP also
    is scheduled to announce Monday that it has won approval of the Commerce
    Department to export its VerSecure technology to additional countries. Ed
    Gillespie, executive director of Americans for Computer Privacy, an
    industry lobby on the crypto export issue, will address the cryptography
    crowd on recent developments. 
    On the PKI front, at least a dozen companies have scheduled announcements,
    including industry leaders VeriSign, Entrust, GTE CyberTrust, and IBM. 
    PKI software issues and manages digital certificates, which serve as
    electronic IDs that vouch for the identity of individuals online, where
    they can be used instead of passwords and PIN numbers. 
    "PKIs take real-world trust relationships and move them to the Internet," 
    said Patrick Richard, chief technology officer of PKI firm Xcert. 
    "Deploying PKIs have saved real dollars for our customers by turning
    paper-based processes into Net-based processes." 
    Europe's largest PKI firm, Baltimore Technologies, will use the show as a
    coming out party for the North American market. South Africa's Thawte,
    another newbie to the U.S. market, will promote its efforts to make
    digital IDs from different vendors work together. This week Thawte
    announced that certificate authority vendors Netscape, Baltimore, and
    Entrust plus consulting firms Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, and KPMG
    joined Thawte's cross-certification program. 
    Other efforts in making digital certificates interoperate are due from
    Valicert. Entegrity, and Xcert, which tomorrow will release version 3.5 of
    its Sentry CA suite of PKI software. 
    Conference host RSA and parent Security Dynamics are promoting their own
    PKI plays. 
    On the consolidation front,Axent yesterday bought intrusion detection firm
    Internet Tools to fill out its portfolio of products to test networks for
    security holes and ward off hackers. PKI vendor Baltimore is another
    consolidation play--it is the result of last month's merger with Zergo
    Intrusion-detection software, a market that seemingly sprung out of
    nowhere last year and dominated 1998's security news, will be active too,
    and not just from Axent/Internet Tools. ID Arts and iD2 Technologies have
    scheduled announcements, although market leader Internet Security Systems
    is strangely silent, at least in advance of the show. 
    Also absent from the press conference list is Check Point, the leading
    firewall software vendor. Axent, which bought out firewall firm Raptor
    Systems in the last 18 months, may talk firewalls. Network Associates,
    which bought firewall firm Trusted Information System last year, plans
    announcements too. 
    Network Associates, which has pushed into the security market via
    acquisitions in the last 15 months, plans PKI and VPN announcements. Its
    acquisitions include encryption pioneer Pretty Good Privacy and two
    intrusion detection firms. As it did last year, Network Associates is sort
    of crashing RSA's party--making announcements from hotel suites, not the
    official show dais. 
    But RSA rival Certicom, which sells elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) 
    algorithms and software, will be on hand, assigned the very last time slot
    for news announcements at the show. 
    Microsoft will keep a low profile at the conference, demonstrating the use
    of digital certificates on smart cards at its booth. 
    Several vendors of smart cards or other hardware security tokens also plan
    announcements at the show. Litronic will demo its tokens used with PKI
    Makers of specialty crypto chips and board also plan announcements, among
    them Rainbow Technologies, VLSI, nCipher, Chrysalis IT, and Hi/FN. Their
    products encrypt and decrypt secured data, improving speed without taxing
    by offloading those functions from a computer's main processor. 
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