Platforms to automate Net defence

Platforms to automate Net defence

After a number of recent denial of service (DoS) attacks on high-profile Web sites, network management vendors are bolstering their management platforms to ward off - and effectively react to - network hacks.

Tivoli Systems, Computer Associates, BMC Software, and others are already preparing updates to better address security. Tivoli will address network vulnerability with the announcement of a product line dubbed Tivoli SecureWay Risk Manager, which will automate the steps for businesses to react to network attacks.

Network management vendors, which have long argued that security is most effective in conjunction with active performance monitoring, are drawing functions, like intrusion detection, tighter into the network management platform fold.

Computer Associates (CA) is actively pursuing ways to use the artificial intelligence in its Neugent technology to predict attack patterns and incorporate that capability into its intrusion detection products for use on a much larger enterprise, said Narender Mangalam, director of security products at the New York-based CA.

After BMC Software customer fell victim to the DoS barrage for over an hour, BMC investigated what did or didn't operate efficiently during the assault to specify the management areas that needed the most focus in future products. As a result, the company will "tweak" its Patrol for Internet Services product, due out later this quarter, officials said.

Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard will continue to bolster the monitoring and performance in its OpenView Network Node Manager; Node Sentry (which is built on top of it); and Policy Expert modules. For its part, Network Associates will focus more on application management features in its Sniffer product line, company officials said.

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