NetIQ security management suite goes beyond reporting

Meredith B. Derby, Assistant News Editor

NetIQ unveiled a security management product suite Monday that promises to be all-inclusive, going beyond report generating to help solve redundant security problems in the enterprise.

Five products, two of which originally were products of WebTrends, NetIQ's four month-old business merger, are what NetIQ is calling its "out-of-box" security solution. Security Manager, Security Analyzer, Firewall Suite, Directory and Resource Administrator and File and Storage Administrator comprise the suite's lineup.

Security Manager, which is geared toward Windows-centric environments, was first launched in December of 2000 and stands as NetIQ's flagship "incident management" product, according to Scott Hollis, Director of Project Management for NetIQ. The combination of Security Manager with the four other products makes the suite a "one single point of control" console where all security events are reported to in order to simplify an enterprise's means of management via automated action, said Hollis. The events are correlated. Also included is historical reporting and trend reporting.

The real-time alerting, automated response, host-based intrusion detection and real-time log consolidation from any product linked to Security Manager are the important and most useful parts of the product, Hollis said.

"For companies that do not have a security solution today, of any kind, Security Manager offers them a very high ROI because it is combining multiple

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security product disciplines together," said Mike Mychalczuk, Product Manager for Security Manager.

According to Hollis, there are capabilities also included that are unique to "out-of-box" products and especially to the security management suite. "The infrastructure can automatically maintain itself," said Hollis, through an extendable knowledge base and resolution workflow management, whereby when alerts are rendered, they are resolved within a service-level agreement. Automatic policy enforcement ensures that security configuration audit policies are guaranteed on servers, too.

The Security Analyzer, which specializes in vulnerability assessment, is integrated in the Security Manager platform. For example, any events that Security Analyzer detects are logged in the Security Manager console and reacted to via Security Manager, Hollis said. Security Analyzer also automatically downloads from NetIQ new security vulnerabilities, which are updated weekly.

Firewall Suite is also integrated in Security Manager. The suite reports simply and clearly to administrators about bandwidth utilization and firewall configurations, for example. Both Security Analyzer and Firewall Suite are the re-branded products from WebTrends, a web analytics company.

Directory and Resource Administrator (DRA) provides user administration and security as to what users have specific rights in the environment. Active Directory and content management are also part of DRA.

Lastly, File and Storage Administrator controls what users have which permissions in the environment, allowing administrators to know if they are changed and when as well as allowing backup capabilities. "All of this wraps together in the Security Manager product," said Hollis of all the products in the suite. "We have a portal that we have created into the enterprise."

Mychalczuk stressed that all the products in the suite are here and most have been available for two years. Most importantly, he said, Security Manager can integrate with other products and vendors and includes cross platform support. Each product is also created to compliment each other as is able to stand-alone, based on customer needs. In all, according to Hollis, they're not new products, it's a new security console strategy.

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