Skybox expands security product support

Network risk analysis offering improved

BOSTON - Skybox Security Inc. said it was releasing a new version of its Skybox View Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) product on Monday at the Computer Security Institute's Netsec 2004 conference in San Francisco.

The company, a Palo Alto, California, maker of risk management technology, unveiled Skybox View Version 1.5. The updated product features a new, open architecture that enables the network risk analysis product to work with more than 20 other network security products, including vulnerability scanning and management products by Qualys Inc., nCircle Network Security Inc. and automated software patching company BigFix Inc.

Skybox View was launched in April. The product uses attack simulation technology developed by company co-founders Gidi Cohen, chief executive officer, and Moshe Meiseles, chief technolgoy officer, to create a model of an organization's network security, mapping network scanners, firewalls and routers, as well as management systems and security policies. Administrators can use Skybox View to launch simulated attacks and stage "what if" scenarios against their networks, identifying the most critical network vulnerabilities that are likely access paths for attackers, the company said.

By matching Skybox View's analysis features with popular network security products, Skybox hopes to make it easier and less expensive for network administrators to understand their own network's security vulnerabilities, the company said. Vulnerability information from scanning companies like Internet Security Systems Inc., eEye Digital Security Inc. and Nessus can now be processed by Skybox's risk analysis engine. Customers can then use Skybox's recommendations to address critical vulnerabilities with patch management and remediation products like those by BigFix, Skybox said.

In addition to support for the 20 new security products, Skybox View supports network security products and management tools like Hewlett-Packard Co.'s OpenView and network firewalls by Cisco Systems Inc. and Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd.

Skybox View Version 1.5 will be available by the end of June, 2004. The price varies with the number of network devices that are analyzed. A perpetual license for a 1,500 node network typically costs around $250,000, a company spokeswoman said.