IT News: Security Pros 'Afraid' To Shop Online

Plus, PlayStation 3 makes a killing on eBay; new products for Windows Vista, Exchange Server 2007 and more.

If you tend to balk at the idea of doing your holiday shopping online, you're in good company. A recent poll by network security company nCircle indicated that roughly 60 percent of IT security professionals are "more afraid" to shop online this year than they were two years ago. Credit this to IT professionals' intimate knowledge of what goes bump in cyberspace, the company says.

But You Can't Get Shot on eBay
Still, online shopping security (or lack thereof) hasn't stopped the PlayStation 3's eBay blitz. According to Terapeak Marketplace Research, on Nov. 18, one day after the PS3's North American release -- and the shooting of a man waiting in line outside a Connecticut Wal-Mart -- over 10,200 PS3s were sold on eBay, with the average price at $1,243 (a 60GB unit retails at $599). During the week after the PS3's launch, eBay sold over 28,500 units, at an average price of $1,276.

New Products: Password Manager, Backup and Recovery Software, More
In time for the upcoming Windows Vista launch is Lieberman Software's Random Password Manager Enterprise Edition, designed with Vista's User Access Control security feature in mind. The UAC requires users to have administrator credentials to perform things like application installations. Instead of calling the help desk, users can retrieve temporary, randomized administrator passwords from a database accessible through any Web browser.

And due for release in early 2007 is FrontRange's GoldMine Enterprise Edition 5.1, designed for Windows Vista customers at small to midsized enterprises. The GoldMine Enterprise Edition 5.1 promises to give companies easy-to-use and quick-to-deploy CRM solutions at a low total cost of ownership.

For Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Network Appliance Inc. announced the latest releases of two backup and recovery products: the NetApp Snap Manager 4.0 for Exchange Server and NetApp Single Mailbox Recovery 4.2. Combined, the company says the products feature near-instantaneous backups and quick recoveries that will help lower the overhead for backing up Exchange Server databases.

Now available to the general public is version 3.1 of the Vintela Authentication Service from Quest, a founding member of Microsoft's Interop Vendor Alliance. With new features including a migration wizard, the Vintela Authentication Service helps administrators extend Active Directory-based identity and authentication infrastructures across heterogenous systems, including Unix and Linux systems.

New to the market is FaxCore's SharePoint Connector, which the company says will enhance the fax management capabilities already in Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server. Using Optical Character Recognition, the SharePoint Connector lets you index and text-search faxes. Administrators can set up their document libraries so particular users can edit, download or delete faxes, while an audit trail keeps track of all changes.

The just-released Insightix NAC 3.0 promises real-time network access control policy regulation for IT pros trying to keep a handle on compliance issues. Available through Insightix channel partners, the NAC 3.0 performs compliance checks for all devices connected to the network, and denies connectivity to any device that doesn't pass. Its Quarantine Silo technology takes the extra step of placing questionable elements in isolation from the network.

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