IBM Signs License Agreement for Internet Security

IBM Corp. Monday
signed a license agreement with security firm Hi/fn that the companies hope
will allow system administrators of corporate networks to breathe a little
easier.


Hi/fn specializes in
compression and encryption technology for networking original equipment
manufacturers. The IPSECure package is designed to protect routers, access
concentrators, switches and firewalls. It is compatible with a wide variety
of systems and will work with equipment from all of the major network
vendors, including Cisco, Ascend and 3Com.


“The Hi/fn implementation of the IPSec standards has undergone extensive
interoperability trials with most major networking
product vendors,” says Gerry Young, IBM eNetwork firewall project office
manager. “IPSECure will let us move faster in
the Virtual Private Network (VPN) arena, mainly because we can introduce
new products that adhere to agreed standards
without undergoing a lengthy software development cycle.”


The Hi/fn IPSECure Toolkits start at $100,000.


Based in San Jose, CA, Hi/fn, Inc. makes integrated circuits and software
for manufacturers of computer networking products. It is a majority owned
subsidiary of Stac, Inc.


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