Hewlett-Packard launched a new software product yesterday designed to automatically eliminate known security holes in Web server environments based on Microsoft's Windows NT operating system.
Typical out-of-the box Windows NT installations contain hundreds of potential security breaches that can be protected against using the new software, called Praesidium WebEnforcer, HP officials said in a statement issued yesterday.
By fixing the vulnerabilities automatically, businesses can cut down significantly on professional IT labour costs, according to HP.
The product launch was timed to coincide with this week's RSA Conference here, which started on Monday and runs until Thursday. Microsoft will use the show to give a first look at security features in its upcoming operating system Windows 2000, formerly named NT 5.0.
HP also launched a subscription service, called HP SecurityUpdate, to accompany Praesidium WebEnforcer. The service keeps IT managers up to date with new Windows NT vulnerabilities as they are discovered, HP said.
As well as plugging known security holes, the software sets "best security practices" in NT Web server environments, monitors the integrity of security settings and enforces those settings when unintended changes are detected, according to HP.
The software protects Windows NT Server, IIS Web Server, Transaction Server, Index Server, Script Host, Data Access Components and Internet Explorer, HP said.
Praesidium WebEnforcer is available now priced at $US2995 per server. The SecurityUpdate subscription service, which includes technical support, is $695 per year, according to HP's statement.
HP also launched software designed to control access to a company's extranet portals and help organisations create secure extranet applications. Called HP DomainGuard Enterprise 1.0, the software is available now; pricing depends on configuration.