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Novell make a move into security
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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 03:18:53 -0500 (CDT)


08:05 Monday 22nd October 2001 
Arif Mohamed, IT Week   

Novell moves into the enterprise security market with an announcement
of a new single sign-on product

Novell has updated its iChain single sign-on security product as the
start of a new strategy for enterprise security that it will detail
this week.

Novell said it has not traditionally been regarded as a provider of
security tools, but it hopes to rectify this with iChain 2.0 and
forthcoming initiatives to support employee access to Web-based
applications via single sign-on. IChain is designed to sit on Novell's
eDirectory, the next stage of Novell Directory Services, and IT
managers will be able to use it to set authentication and access
privileges via the Net.

IChain uses Web Single Sign-On, which lets authenticated users log in
once and access multiple applications, platforms and Internet domains.
It can also fill in Web forms automatically, from eDirectory, to
authenticate users for activities such as online procurement.
Enhancements include customisable log-in pages and authentication
using multiple identity checks, such as smartcards, tokens and a
user-name and password combination.

Lee Howarth, iChain product manager, said, "We're trying to position
Novell as a key player in security by many (initiatives)." He
explained that Novell's NetWare network operating system has its own
public key infrastructure (PKI) security called Nici, and iChain can
add strong identity management to it. "Companies are realising that a
simple password isn't enough. IChain is a gatekeeper to the Web
server, so we don't require anything to be installed on the Web
server, unlike many other products."

He added that version 2.0 has benefited from feedback from the
Ministry of Defence, which implemented version 1.5.

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