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Entrust and ISS Pair in OEM Agreement

Security management software provider Internet Security Systems, Inc. Monday announced a bundling deal with enterprise transaction security provider Entrust Technologies.

The strategic agreement calls for Entrust to include ISS' vulnerability detection software, System Scanner, with Entrust's Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI) software. The companies said the combination of products will allow clients to proactively manage server security risks and ensure privacy and authenticity of data communications across their networks.

ISS also announced today that it will ship a free, 60-day evaluation copy of its vulnerability detection software, Internet Scanner, with each Entrust PKI shipped.

According to ISS, by incorporating its security assessment software with Entrust's PKI resources, companies can determine the weak links in their security architecture. The proactive security assessment capabilities of System Scanner allows customers to automatically scan servers for potential security holes, identify security weaknesses and lock down servers vital to gaining maximum security regarding operation of the PKI.

"With ISS' SAFEsuite solutions, our customers can effectively eliminate system vulnerabilities before installing the PKI, and then scan their network after installation to establish a baseline for their security policy and successfully eliminate any remaining network security issues," said John Ryan, president and chief executive officer, Entrust Technologies Inc.

"Public-Key Infrastructure is a critical component in the overall security solution for many of our customers but, like other solutions, must be implemented as part of a well developed security risk management process," said Tom Noonan, president and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems. "With this agreement, our joint customers will be able to proactively monitor, detect and respond to server security issues in an increasingly dynamic enterprise environment."