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A MASTER KEY FOR SECURITY PROGRAMS

ONE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN CORPORATE COMPUTING today is securing far-flung data networks against hackers and insiders bent on stealing information and services. A major problem is that no hardware or software supplier can solve the problem by itself, so corporations are forced to employ many different programs and devices to make all aspects of their networks more secure. But those products do not always work well together. Without lots of difficult programming, one supplier's ''smart card'' network-access key, for instance, may not be able to rely on the same password scheme as a particular Internet firewall program.

A startup company called Entegrity Solutions in San Jose, Calif., has come out with some software that may help. Based on work by Sead Muftic, a Stockholm-based computer researcher and co-founder of Entegrity, the software is intended to meld almost any combination of security products into a seamless electronic fence. Its main function is to translate between incompatible data formats and allow different suppliers' products to exchange information. That should make it a snap for technically savvy customers, consulting firms, and computer makers to create single-passkey setups. Led by several ex-National Semiconductor Corp. executives, Entegrity is backed by $2.5 million in venture and private capital.

EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY


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