Competitors Join Forces to Improve Web Application Security

    Date09 Nov 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Four rivals in the application security market joined forces to help define more consistent and reliable best practices for Web application security.
    The partnership, announced Monday at the Computer Security Institute's 31st annual security conference and exhibition in Washington, includes F5 Networks, Imperva, NetContinuum and Teros. . . . Four rivals in the application security market joined forces to help define more consistent and reliable best practices for Web application security.
    The partnership, announced Monday at the Computer Security Institute's 31st annual security conference and exhibition in Washington, includes F5 Networks, Imperva, NetContinuum and Teros. The quartet plans to invite vendors such as Check Point Software Technologies, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, McAfee and Symantec to join the consortium as well.

    With the help of ICSA Labs, the group has outlined five criteria for successful Web application security. Starting next month, ICSA will test the products of participating vendors to make sure the solutions meet these criteria. According to Gene Banman, CEO of NetContinuum, these criteria will comprise the best way to evaluate which Web security applications actually deliver the security they promise, helping channel partners choose the products that will best serve their customers.

    "We feel that the market has reached an inflection point where Web application security products are going to become part of the security best practices in the industry, yet at the same time there's confusion caused by conflicting claims," he said. "If we can clarify what customers need in this space, it will be a lot easier for channel partners to deliver it."

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