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Connectivity Briefs: MailGuard, Cisco, Net attacks

Connectivity Briefs: MailGuard, Cisco, Net attacks

MailGuard’s new reseller

Melbourne-based integrator Com Connexions has been appointed a reseller of email management and antivirus solution MailGuard. The product protects clients without the need to purchase software or hardware and will be aimed at Com Connexions SME clients. “Spam and privacy has been a big issue for all of our clients and MailGuard provides a cost effective and low maintenance package,” Com Connexions director, Paul Hoddinott, said. Other Com Connexions business partners include 3Com, Cisco, Novell and Trend Micro.

Cisco acquires Okena

Cisco Systems has moved to strengthen its position as a network security software provider by acquiring privately held Okena for $US154 million in Cisco stock. Okena makes the StormWatch intrusion detection software. Marketed as an “intrusion prevention” program, StormWatch uses intelligent agents running on user desktops and servers to monitor those systems, intercepting and approving or rejecting a resource request from an application to the operating system based on a customer’s application security policy. Following the acquisition, Okena’s products and staff will be rolled into Cisco’s Virtual Private Network and Security Business Unit.

Net attacks get sophisticated

The number of security attacks on the Internet seem to be levelling off after skyrocketing in the last decade, but the attacks attacks that do happen have become more sophisticated. President and COO of security vendor Symantec, John Schwarz, told last week’s ComNet conference that while he did not have the company’s complete data from 2002, early indications were that the rise in the raw number of attacks had slowed in the last year. “The attacks are more aggressive, better designed, less perpetrated by school kids that are playing around with scripts and more perpetrated by professionals who are actually targeting a specific commercial opportunity,” he said.


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