Melding IT, physical security

Tuesday, 22 April 2003, 2:35 AM EST

Computer Associates, Gemplus and several other companies announced the formation of a group that is working on open specifications and best practices for integrating information security and physical security.

Two of CA's products, which are in beta, already support the group's specs, and the members hope that other large industry players, such as IBM, will begin adopting the specs as well. The group plans to submit the specs to an industry standards body but has yet to decide which one it will approach. One likely candidate is the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.

The Open Security Exchange grew out of CA's own efforts to integrate the management of network and physical security within large enterprises. CA's eTrust 20/20 software was developed to address this problem by using smart cards, network log-ons and other systems to track employee and visitor movements and activities. The software was released for beta testing last week. CA's Security Command Center also adheres to the specs.

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