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We've long heard about this challenge: Agencies commonly have IT security pros and network admins, and although their paths often cross, they usually have different responsibilities, priorities and management tools. What if the tools of their respective trades began to merge? Would they be forced to work well together?

Dan McManus, manager of federal sales engineers for Altiris Inc. of Lindon, Utah, says it makes sense to merge endpoint security and network management. As a result, the company recently introduced Altiris Endpoint Security Solution software, based on software from Senforce Technologies Inc. of Draper, Utah. Endpoint Security Solution automates security policy enforcement on PCs and laptops. It will be integrated into the Altiris configuration management platform so network admins can control endpoint security from a unified console.

McManus said the new release was the first significant fruit of Altiris' new partner development program. Altiris published a software development kit so other vendors could integrate their software into Altiris' platform.

'IT budgets are being slashed,' McManus said, 'so the two groups [network and security] can't be butting heads. This is meant to address the function needs of both.'

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