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A SECURITY GUARD FOR NETWORKS?

MOST COMPANIES AREN'T aware that their corporate network has been breached by a malicious hacker until it's too late. By the time they discover the violation, the damage has been done, and the culprits are long gone.

A small Atlanta company is offering an alarm-system solution for corporate networks. Internet Security System's RealSecure software runs on a computer server and constantly monitors the client company's links to the Internet for known hacker tricks such as ''pinging,'' whereby a hacker blasts messages out to the network in hopes of getting an answer back from--and therefore a way into--a vulnerable computer. When the software detects an attack, it immediately sends an alarm to security managers, who can either automatically cut off access or track the perpetrator within the corporate network to see what he or she is doing. The price of the RealSecure program ranges from $800 for a small network with 10 machines to $1 million for a large corporate network.

By Ira Sager
EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG


Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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