NeST-Hitachi launch HackerSafe security software

By : |April 9, 2002 0

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: HackerSafe, a total security solution for network systems
and servers jointly developed by Hitachi Ltd. and Network Systems and
Technologies Ltd. (NeST) was formally launched to the global market (excluding
Japan) by P K Kunhalikutty, Kerala IT Minister.

HackerSafe has already been successfully deployed in several Japanese
corporate houses such as Toyota Corp for protecting their critical data against
possible intrusion from hackers. "The product will be globally marketed by
NeST in USA, Canada, UK, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and Australia. NeST is
expecting an overwhelming response to this product from several corporate houses
and departments in banking, stock exchange, atomic energy, space and defense
where the security of data is very critical to their operations", NeST
managing director, N Jehangir said.

HackerSafe goes much beyond the level of firewalls, encryption, IDS and other
conventional security mechanisms to provide a total solution. "It provides
the last and successful line of defense where the conventional technologies
fail," Jehangir said. It protects any kind of data on a machine.

It can also be used as an OS hardening tool, as an extension of the data
usage policy within the organisation or as a last line of defense on web exposed
or internal servers. Among the additional features of the product include remote
management (capable of being managed from a central server), multi-platform
support (Windows, ALX, Linux, HP-UX and Solaris) and ease of administration (the
network administrator can design access policies to suite company needs).

HackerSafe was fully developed at the NeST software development center at
Technopark here for Hitachi involving about 75 man years of effort and
challenging R&D breakthrough in operating system and internal device
drivers, the company officials said. When billions of dollars have been lost
already on account of hacking in large government and private corporations,
Hitachi and NeST have joined together to create a total solution according to T
Umezu of Hitachi (Japan) and Noboru Highuchi, Hitachi (India).

NeST Software Development Center is a CMM Level 5 unit based in Technopark
belonging to the Rs 300 crore NeST group. The group has strengths in software,
hardware R&D, fiber optics components and devices, wireless, PCs,
networking, education, animation, etc. It has over 3000 employees worldwide at
18 manufacturing units.

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