HP Hopes For ‘Secure Advantage’

HP is saying goodbye to point-to-point security and hello to complete PC-to-datacenter protection.

HP  today introduced new security products under one new umbrella, Secure Advantage, intended to protect data as it moves between personal computers to servers in datacenters. The company announced the upgrades and strategy change at its Technology Forum in Las Vegas.

First up among the new products is the HP Compliance Log Warehouse, an Integrity server tailored to help customers collect and analyze log data to trigger compliance reporting for Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI and other federal record retention rules.

Chris Whitener, director of HP’s Enterprise Security Strategy, said the log-keeping engine in the appliance is HP’s Log and Analysis Manager, a piece of SenSage software that rapidly parses security data and scans log record data in real time. The appliance then sends alerts to trained personnel for investigation and action.

HP also joined IBM and others in the LTO-4 tape drive game with the HP StorageWorks LTO-4 Ultrium1840 drives, which boast 256-bit AES encryption, Whitener said.

This protects data from unauthorized access if cartridges are lost or stolen, the bane of the data storage industry these days. The argument some vendors make is that if the data is encrypted, particularly by the AES standard, this minimizes the severity of lost or pilfered tape cartridges.

Whitener said the LTO-4 Ultrium1840 tape drive also includes HP Data Protector Express Single Server Edition, which manages the encryption process for HP autoloaders and tape libraries.

Perhaps more importantly, the LTO-4 encryption process can be controlled by the key management capability in HP Data Protector 6.0 software, enabling the drive to interoperate with security devices from Decru, NeoScale and others.

“Not everybody will buy HP gear,” Whitener said, explaining the value of the key management lure. “We want to make security as easy to use as an ATM card.”

For PCs, HP also introduced the HP Anti-phishing Toolbar, a two-factor authentication software add-on developed at HP Labs to help reduce online fraud stemming from phishing scams.

Whitener said the toolbar helps users manage their passwords and usernames and makes phishing more difficult by calculating a unique password from information provided by the PC user, the browser and the site being visited. The toolbar, which may be customized with a company’s brand, only sends a password to a site when the site’s certificate is present.

Finally, in keeping with the theme of the Secure Advantage strategy, HP’s Select Identity, Access, Federation and Audit software have been lumped under one heading called Identity Center.

HP’s security upgrades and streamlines is on par with similar industry trends to better integrate and present products to the market. Symantec , for example, last week introduced its Storage United strategy for layering storage technologies.

In other HP news, the company upgraded its Quality Center software to include business requirements and quality management in one product and tweaked its LoadRunner software to include advanced performance testing of Web 2.0 applications.

David Gee, vice president of marketing for HP Software, also said HP’s Configuration Management software now lets customers deploy Microsoft Windows Vista to the entire enterprise. HP Service Center Software is also now integrated with Change Control Management and Configuration Management to create a closed-loop change process and complete audit trail.

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