TruSecure adds security console and new services

TruSecure Corp. bolstered its security services offerings Monday when it announced the release of TruSecure 5.0, which is built around a new security console. The company also announced the full integration of services provided by Three Pillars Inc. into TruSecure’s services lineup, a company it bought in January.

TruSecure 5.0 is the newest version of the company’s flagship security service, designed to identify network vulnerabilities and help clients perform the security maintenance the company sees as crucial to maintaining strong security. TruSecure 5.0 is built around Enterprise Risk Manager, a Web-based console designed to give users a single view for security information about their networks, said Peter Horst, senior vice-president of marketing at TruSecure, which is based in Herndon, Va.

Enterprise Risk Manager will provide users with real-time information about their network security, threats to that security and a list of tasks that need immediate attention, Horst said. The software maps the topology of the network and discovers how devices work together, allows users to inspect the security of those devices on multiple layers, examine policies and more, he said. Threat alerts and the to-do list are generated in real-time based on TruSecure’s threat data, Horst said.

Customers will find Enterprise Risk Manager useful thanks to those alerts and the level of detail and customization it provides, said Allan Carey, senior analyst with IDC. (IDC is a division of International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.)

Enterprise Risk Manager is particularly useful to Leo Cronin, senior director of information security at the LexisNexis Group, located in Dayton, Ohio.

LexisNexis has been a TruSecure customer for over a year, using the company’s services to protect the perimeter of its network and the over 120 Internet-facing devices on it, Cronin said. LexisNexis has been beta-testing the new version of Enterprise Risk Manager for most of the time it has been a TruSecure customer, he said.

The new version of the software is faster and more flexible, Cronin said.

“They’ve done a really good job (with it),” he added.

Along with the detailed security analysis of each device on the network provided by the software, “the reporting features are a 1000 percent improvement,” he said.

“They have vastly improved in all areas,” he said.

Pricing for the console is based on the number of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and devices covered, and though installations starts US$63,000 per year, medium to large-size companies will likely start closer to $90,000 per year to $100,000 per year, Horst said.

TruSecure also announced the full integration and immediate availability of the managed security services it acquired when it bought Three Pillars in January. Three Pillars provides outsourced security services that can monitor and manage firewalls, intrusion detection systems, e-mail antivirus and content filtering, as well as a security intelligence service.

The full integration of these services into TruSecure is a big step for the company, which had not previously offered these kinds of managed services, Horst said. The Three Pillars offerings will be important to TruSecure, as they will make the company a full-fledged managed security services provider, but will also be a boon to customers who need security services monitored twenty-four hours a day, he said.

IDC’s Carey expects that the new managed services will be well received by customers, especially those looking to get all their security services from one vendor.

Horst also expects that the services should be a hit with customers as companies are beginning to realize that they need help staying secure.

“There’s just too much to do (without help),” he said.