HP Hopes For 'Secure Advantage'

The systems vendor streamlines its data protection strategy from the PC to the server.


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

HP (Quote) 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 Whittener, 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, Whittener 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.

Whittener 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," Whittener 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.

Whittener 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.

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