HP is saying goodbye to point-to-point security and hello to complete
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,
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
“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
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.