As the usage of Internet, mobile, and wireless technologies has increased, the threats related to these technologies have also increased tremendously. Consequently, the demand for more and more sophisticated IT network security technologies has also increased.
With an objective to provide free enterprise network security tools via the open source community, Clone Systems Inc., a North America-based provider of managed information security services, has initiated an open source, community-wide, software development initiative, called www.osProtection.org.
The new initiative, which was launched at the SC World Congress in New York City recently, is the center of a new security development project delivering free enterprise level security solutions to the business world. It is the brainchild of Tom Nianios, a security architect at Clone Systems, with a desire to give something back to the industry, said officials with Clone Systems in a press release.
Focused primarily on information security research and development, osProtection was developed through a unique collaboration with the Open Source community. As a result, the new open software initiative provides a unique arena for the development of creative and innovative, leading-edge security projects that are well-designed, simple to use, and readily available to all businesses.
According to the release, the first phase of osProtection comprises of three enterprise level deliverables, namely osDiscover, osProtect, and osCollect.
The osDiscover is an open source application for threat detection. As a modular application for detecting and analyzing security threats, its primary goal is to create the most powerful, modular, free, community powered security testing platform in existence.
The osProtect is an open source application for threat protection, and the osCollect is an open source application for threat awareness.
Richard Daw, COO for Clone Systems, said, “I've been constantly asked the same question - Why are you doing this as a free service and how will it benefit Clone Systems? And my answer is simple - Clone wants to give back to the community and deliver value to the marketplace. Our hope is that the Open Source community will continue to embrace this exciting initiative and keep working with us to make the internet safer, which will help businesses grow and make people lives easier.”
Daw further added, “We're constantly frustrated by the lapse in time between what the marketplace place demands and when the industry can deliver, and so we see this initiative as an excellent forum to close that gap and deliver more value to our customers and we remain excited and committed to Properly Secure Every Business Network.”
At the launch event at SC World Congress, the osProtection project got a good response, added Sally Wigham, VP of Marketing for Clone Systems. Among the general feedback that osProtection got was: “This is the best GUI I've seen on any network security tool” and “I can't believe there is no cost to use this. Thank you. This will save us thousands of dollars each year.”
Recently, Clone Systems was included in Gartner’s MSSP North America Magic Quadrant.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell