Single sign-on gets SecurID
RSA Security has updated its Sign-On Manager to include native support for its SecurID tokens, so users no longer need to run SecurID for Windows alongside the single sign-on (SSO)software in order to use two-factor authentication. This means Sign-On Manager can now authenticate users to strongly-protected applications as well as to other enterprise applications, all in one go.

The company is also selling SecurID technology to protect online banking users from threats such as phishing. Among the latest institutions to adopt two-factor authentication for their customers are the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, ProCredit Bank Kosovo and Italy's UniCredit Banca.

Delegated web security
Websense has introduced a corporate version of its enterprise web filtering and security software, which can audit and block users' web usage. A key feature of this version is delegated administration and reporting for decentralised organisations. This lets a central super-administrator set corporate policies, then delegate administrative rights to others within the organisation who can then adapt or augment the policies for local or departmental needs.

The Websense software can log Internet activity with or without user names or IP addresses, with auditing to ensure that corporate policies are being observed. It can also use SNMP to alert administrators when a potential security breach occurs.

Branch office UTM
Remote and branch office security is the target of two new Unified Threat Management (UTM) boxes from Crossbeam Systems. The 1U-high devices run Check Point Express CI software on a Linux-compatible kernel to provide firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention and anti-virus capabilities, all in a single unit.

The C2 UTM device has four autosensing Gigabit Ethernet ports and is capable of processing 350Mbit/s of data, while the eight-port C6 device can handle 1.2Gbit/s. Both have high availability features too, such as VRRP and session state synchronisation.