Enterprise Linux Log

Oct 7 2008   3:53PM GMT

Trusted Computer Solutions shores up security methods with CounterStorm

Suzanne Wheeler Suzanne Wheeler Profile: Suzanne Wheeler

As threats become less predictable and more targeted, security technologies have shored up their methods and devised additional precautions to secure company systems. With its acquisition of CounterStorm, a government-run security software company, Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) has done just that. CounterStorm adds to TCS’ existing security protection process built into TCS’ Security Blanket. Security Blanket hardens and creates a baseline for a system, and CounterStorm acts as a vigilant guard to maintain these measures.

“Ten years ago, most attacks were random,” said Ed Hammersla, the chief operating officer at TCS. “Now we are seeing attackers who have a focused knowledge of their victims. CounterStorm acts as a last line of defense in an environment in which more serious, targeted attacks … have become prevalent.”

Security Blanket first runs a security compliance profile on a system, automatically brings it into compliance with specified security standards and monitors the system for possible breaches.

CounterStorm strengthens the lockdown process with yet another measure: anomaly-based targeted threat prevention that observes a system’s typical behavior, scans for deviations and isolates and attacks these anomalies. With this approach to abnormalities, CounterStorm makes server scanning and issue resolution easier for admins. “It is much easier and less costly to fix 100 servers than it is to fix 1,000,” said Hammersla.

With the acquisition, TCS expands further into commercial applications for its security tools. Hammerla said that while government and the private sector have different security needs, an unsecured system can result in damage to either. “Government and commercial software security administrators have different concerns,” Hammersla said, “but face the same consequences.”

“Hospitals, for example, are not particularly anxious about their networks being infiltrated by China, but the government certainly is,” Hammersla said. “However, over time, I think that we will see more and more of the commercial and government compliancy standards merging.”

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