IBM SecureWay FirstSecure Safeguards e-businesses

Centrally Managed, Permissions-based System Delivers Comprehensive Security

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C - 27 Oct 1999: . . . IBM today announced powerful new enhancements to its flagship e-business security software, SecureWay FirstSecure, an integrated security solution that now allows customers to identify and authorize user access easily from a central point.

IBM is one of the first vendors to offer a permissions-based security system that delivers strong authorization and authentication of users through a standard directory. The ability to provide this level of protection reduces the cost and complexity of implementing IT security across large enterprises.

IKON Office Solutions, Inc., one of the world's leading office technology companies, relies on IBM SecureWay FirstSecure to protect its Web-enabled network, and is also reselling FirstSecure to its customers.

"In order to win in today's marketplace, we're going to have to prove the Internet is a secure place to work," said Steve Harber, brand manager, IKON Technology Services. "And that's why we've teamed with IBM and the FirstSecure product line. FirstSecure - the name says it all - it's a security blanket."

With today's announcement, FirstSecure now provides a highly integrated offering that features a complete security solution for safeguarding business information. FirstSecure uniquely addresses a company's entire infrastructure by protecting Web-based activities and client/server and host environments. Because FirstSecure is a comprehensive solution, based on industry standards, it enables maximum interoperability with other products.

In a 1998 PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP survey of 1,600 IT professionals, 73 percent reported security breaches during the previous year, but fewer than one in five had a comprehensive security infrastructure in place.

"Without policy definition and enforcement, e-business security is at risk," said Bob Madey, director, security business line management, IBM SecureWay. "FirstSecure helps our customers protect, detect and direct network traffic for a more secure e-business environment."

FirstSecure includes: policy coordination technology gained from IBM's recent acquisition of DASCOM, Inc.; Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) -- the technology for issuing and managing digital certificates and highly secure encryption; boundary security; anti-virus; intrusion detection; and developer tools.

Enhancements to SecureWay FirstSecure Version 2 include:

-- A standards-based Internet infrastructure - SecureWay Policy Director features integrated support for the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and the public key infrastructure X.509 standard, easing centralized administration and enhancing portability;

-- An intrusion detection offering - Tivoli Cross-Site for Security detects, logs and responds to unauthorized activities in real-time, enhancing the reliability and availability of applications and the network;

-- A PKI offering - with the inclusion of SecureWay Trust Authority, FirstSecure now supports PKI, which issues and manages digital certificates for two-way authentication and transaction verification. This new enhancement creates a trusted and open e-business framework for critical internal and external applications;

-- A more powerful SecureWay Boundary Server - monitors network perimeter security;

-- An improved SecureWay Toolbox - enables the development of secure e-business applications that are integrated with FirstSecure, including the use of Trust Authority certificates and queries of Policy Director for authorization decisions, and

-- An expanded implementation service - helping customers support FirstSecure's new capabilities.

Earlier this year, IBM introduced FirstSecure as the vision of how the company will combine its existing products and technologies along with those from other security vendors to help customers securely deploy e-business applications and strengthen the security of existing applications. SecureWay FirstSecure R2 advances this open framework to allow the other FirstSecure components to be centrally integrated around Policy Director.

SecureWay FirstSecure V2 will be available in English on October 29, 1999. Non-English languages will be available on November 30, 1999. More information on today's announcement and IBM's SecureWay security software solutions is available at

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