HP tests latest security tool

Thursday, 19 August 2004, 11:53 AM EST

"We have been working with [customers] for the past month now," said Tony Redmond, vice-president and chief technology officer with HP Services at the HP World conference. "We are fine tuning it now and making sure it's good to go," he said. The company is hoping to release the product in 2005, Redmond added.

Active Counter Measures uses techniques similar to those of network attackers to scan the network for machines that might be vulnerable to attack. It then installs a software patch to repair the vulnerability.

"This is a good worm," said Redmond. "It's turning the techniques [of the attackers] back on them."

By Robert McMillan at Computer Weekly.

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