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[ISN] Florida taps Symantec for security tools
By Dibya Sarkar
April 11, 2003
Already quite proactive in cybersecurity, Florida's state government
is using two Symantec Corp. software tools to beef up its enterprise
network security, according to company officials.
NetRecon is a vulnerability assessment tool, which Tom Resau,
Symantec's public sector spokesman, described as a "hacker in a box"
that scans, analyzes, and reports security holes in the network.
The second tool is the Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), which is
essentially a policy compliance tool that constantly assesses a
network's performance based on the organization's security policies,
Brian Finan, the company's strategic programs and homeland security
director, said Symantec's recently released Internet security threat
report showed that about 2,524 new information technology product
vulnerabilities were discovered in 2002, about 81.5 percent higher
than in 2001.
He also said the ESM tool would ensure that an organization's policies
--such as how often passwords are changed or the length of passwords
-- are followed. It provides a baseline for every system and then
automates repetitive operations to ensure those policies are being
enforced. He said both tools are generally used in tandem to give a
government or other organization a high-level security view.
"Given our large network environment supporting agencies across the
state, holding systems to policy is crucial for preventing weaknesses
that could result in compromised systems during a network attack,"
said state Chief Information Officer Kimberly Bahrami in a statement.
The state is also using a Symantec application module that allows
agencies to automate and centralize security policy management and
assessments in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act, a federal law that ensures the privacy and
security of individuals' electronic health information.
Security companies, said Finan, need to provide more education and
training awareness about increasing threats and vulnerabilities.
Cutbacks in funding resources, he said, impact an organization's
ability to shore up security even if it has cybersecurity policies.
Combining products or ones with greater capabilities can reduce costs,
Florida began working on its cybersecurity problem in 1999, and then
created the Office of Information Security, a unit of the state
technology office, two years later. The state takes a proactive
statewide approach to security, including using another third-party
vendor to handle statewide security audits. The model does not allow
any agency to be exempt and includes possible reprimands for
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