Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) recently announced its Hammer technology-based processors will include RSA Security Inc.’s encryption software, and will be available in Canada by April 2003.

The agreement will see Bedford, Mass.-based RSA’s encryption software added to AMD’s existing Athlon processors for mobile desktops and workstations. Future 32-bit and 64-bit modes of AMD’s Opteron processors will also contain the security solution. AMD made the move to secure its processors to achieve better performance and allow software developers to protect their critical applications, according to an RSA press release. A Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD spokesperson said the Athlon processor will also be available by April, while the Opteron chips should be available by the middle of next year.

Ernst & Young will manage vulnerability

eSecurityOnline LLC, a security software company owned by Ernst & Young LLP, is wading into the security management market with a new vulnerability management appliance. The product, called eSO Advisor, will use a database of information collected by Ernst & Young experts to help organizations track and manage security vulnerabilities on their networks and will sell for US$32,495, according to Ernst & Young.

The product allows companies to automatically generate and maintain informational profiles of assets such as hardware devices, operating systems and installed applications. That asset information is compared against a database of 4,800 remote and host-based security vulnerabilities compiled by Ernst & Young, generating a prioritized list of security vulnerabilities that is correlated to an organization’s specific devices and software. The eSO Advisor is a rack-mounted, one-CPU appliance based on a Dell Computer Corp. PowerEdge 1650 server running the eSecurityOnline software and the Windows 2000 operating system.