As a key component of its Access Management security solutions, Markham, Ont.-based Novell Canada Ltd. last month announced the availability of Novell iChain 2.0, Novell’s Web security software, which acts as the gatekeeper to network and application resources. The company said iChain allows businesses to secure their Web environments, control user access to those environments and provide users single sign-on to Web-based applications and content. iChain creates a security infrastructure that is easily extended to all Web applications, systems, networks and platforms to simplify enterprise complexity. Novell’s iChain is available now and is priced at $15 per user. More information can be found at

Password management software maker Proginet Corp. in Garden City, N.Y., introduced a new solution last month to allow business employees to reset their forgotten passwords. Called SecurPass-Reset, the software eliminates the need for costly Help Desk assistance by letting employees reset passwords securely via a Web browser. Proginet surveys have shown that password resets often consume upwards of 50 per cent of Help Desk calls. SecurPass-Reset is designed as a complementary product to Proginet’s flagship software, SecurPass-Sync. SecurPass-Reset is shipping now. For information, visit the company’s Web site at

Small- and medium-sized businesses now have a way to track assets, according to Vancouver-based Absolute Software Corporation. The company recently released AbsoluteTrack, a managed service based upon Absolute’s Computrace technology platform, which allows small- and medium-sized companies securely track remote, mobile and desktop PC assets, as well as perform daily inventory management functions. For larger enterprises with existing asset management systems, the company said AbsoluteTrack offers a complementary inventory module that tracks typically ‘hard-to-manage’ remote and mobile computers. For details, visit