Security surge

Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Novell each will release new security products soon

As another indication that competition for information security dollars has reached a fever pitch'three of the major identity and access management vendors'Oracle Corp., Novell Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc.'released new security products on Monday, according to an eWeek report.

While Oracle turned its attention toward fighting online threats, Novell and Sun kept their eyes on compliance mandates.

In the case of Oracle, the emphasis was on mitigating insider fraud and protecting business applications against phishing, Trojans and other Web-based threats. In Oracle Adaptive Access Manager 10g R3, the company built in context-aware capabilities to fight fraud. Also included is an autolearning feature that security administrators can use to detect fraud patterns and usage anomalies. In addition, Oracle added reporting tools that integrate with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher and enhanced forensic capabilities.

Meanwhile, Sun released its Identity Compliance Manager with a focus on enforcing segregation of duties and access certification'measures meant to help businesses meet regulatory and industry compliance mandates.

Information security, which is regarded as essential to protect data and technology systems, is one of the few areas likely to escape the budget axe in the economic downturn, according to analysts and industry officials.

To read the full eWeek report, click here.

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