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NETWORK WORLD NEWSLETTER: DAVE KEARNS ON WINDOWS NETWORKING TIPS
06/20/05
Network Intelligence releases latest version of its event mgmt. software

By Dave Kearns

Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, HSPD-12 - if you've never
heard of any one of these, then you're excused from the rest of
this newsletter. Use the time wisely.

For the rest of you, these are U.S. regulations that you and
your organization might have to comply with:

* The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - rules for corporate governance,
financial disclosure and the practice of public accounting.
* The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA).
* Part 11 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations
covering electronic records and signatures for Food and Drug
Administration clients.
* The Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 - a policy
for a common identification standard for federal employees and
contractors.

Much of what these regulations specify is logging and auditing
procedures for tracking access to your network resources (a very
simplified explanation, but that's the general idea).

For many enterprises that are based on Windows networks,
tracking everything required by one regulation or another has
meant a lot of manual processes to audit the various Microsoft
services you might be using. Security vendor Network
Intelligence wants to ease your pain.

The company has released the latest version of its enVision
(Version 2.1.3) utilities. The upgrade is free for current
customers of The Network Intelligence Engine, and should be
seriously considered by others. Beside the usual improvements
that accompany a new version of a product (improved management
screen, new choices of automated actions, etc.), the product's
breadth has significantly increased.

The enVision product is a part of what's called "security event
management software." It monitors activity and reports to the
Network Intelligence Engine (a security appliance), which can
raise alerts when inappropriate (as defined by the
administrator) activity occurs or can even take immediate action
to remediate a problem. What's neat about enVision is that it's
agent-less. Nothing needs to be installed on the platforms it
monitors.

You'd think that might limit its coverage, but that's the big
news about the new release. Added to the coverage are Microsoft
Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 7, and Microsoft SQL
2000. That's in addition to the standard Windows server and
client operating systems that were previously covered.

But, that's not all! New device support includes: McAfee ePolicy
Orchestrator 3.5, Websense Web Security Suite 5.5 along with
Cusco VPN Concentrator 4.0, Juniper IDP 3.0, Juniper Netscreen
Firewall ScreenOs 5.1, McAfee Intrushield 2.1, and Checkpoint
NGX. (I don't know what all of those are, but you most likely
know which ones you have).

Those are just the new additions, by the way - check
<http://www.network-intelligence.com/SupportedDevices/index.asp>
for a complete list of all the software and hardware that the
Network Intelligence Engine can monitor and support. It's quite
an exhaustive list.

For security needs (protects your bottom line) or regulatory
compliance (keeps your executives out of jail) you need
something like this. If you don't already have a solution - or
you aren't happy with what you have - the latest enVision
release might just be enough to convince you that the Network
Intelligence Engine is right for you.
 
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