[ISN] Blue chips join for online security

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    Blue chips join for online security
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    January 19, 1999, 10:30 p.m. PT
         Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Network Associates have
    signed on as the first members of a collaborative research effort among
    major online security research laboratories. 
         The newly formed Security Research Alliance (SRA) has three goals: 
    encourage collaborative research, communicate security research findings
    to corporate computing executives, and improve the chances that basic
    research findings will become commercial products. 
         More blue-chip companies may join shortly. Discussions are under way
    with research labs at IBM, Hewlett-Packard, GTE, AT&T, Sun Microsystems,
    and Intel, according to Terry Benzel, director of research at Network
    Associates, which spearheaded tonight's announcement. 
         The announcement was made in conjunction with the annual RSA Data
    Security conference, which is emerging as a key venue not just for
    cryptographers but also for network security firms. RSA, which runs a
    research lab focused on cryptography, has so far not been invited to join
    the new consortium. 
         "This is a whole new approach for advancing the art of
    state-of-the-art research," Benzel said. She described the consortium of
    security research labs as "vendor-neutral" and focused on research that
    will hit the market in two to five years. 
         The new alliance is being unofficially encouraged by DARPA, the
    research arm of the U.S. Defense Department, a major funder of advanced
    security research. 
         "The government is demanding collaboration for most funding from
    DARPA," Benzel told CNET News.com. "They are looking for collaborative
    partnerships." But other influences are also at work. 
         "We see security research getting even more important with the
    Internet and electronic commerce," said H.M. Gittleson, director of
    Internet security products at Lucent, which now owns the renowned Bell
    Labs research operation. 
         But HP, for one, remains on the sidelines. Roberto Medrano, who runs
    HP's security business, told News.com he wonders if SRA, which said it
    will create a Web page in the near future, will move beyond the "PR
    alliances" that have become common, on paper at least, in the security
         SRA will get started in earnest with a Los Angeles symposium on April
    13, the day prior to the spring Internet World trade show. 
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