HP develops security proposition

Company adds integrated security into its ProCurve networking portfolio with four products covering threat management and endpoint integrity

HP is to further integrate security into its ProCurve networking portfolio with the addition of two new and two updated security products. The products are part of the vendor's ProCurve ProActive Defense strategy, which is a combination of pre-emptive techniques, such as access control, and defensive methods, such as automated threat detection.

The ProCurve Network Immunity Manager, which starts at €4,299 (£2,908) for a 50-licence product, is a security-management application that offers intelligent network threat management, detection and response. It aims to protect networks against external threats such as virus attacks.

HP will also add the Network Access Controller 800, another appliance that adds endpoint integrity to the company's secure access control solution. A price will be available nearer to product launch, which will happen by September this year.

Rounding off the applications are ProCurve Manager Plus 2.2, an upgrade from previous versions, and another upgrade, Identity Driven Manager 2.2, both of which will be made available free to existing customers.

According to Paul Congdon, director of ProCurve's security business, the difference between ProCurve's approach with security and the approach of other companies is that ProCurve wants to focus on "the edge", identifying possible threats as soon as they touch the network. "The edge is the closest place to the problem," he said. "It is the first point of attachment and is the best place for the defence."

HP believes that its approach will appeal to end-user organisations by providing a single network solution, covering security, routing, remote access and wireless in one package. "Fortifying security for enterprises without massive and costly replacement of network infrastructure is a critical focus for us," said Congdon.

His colleague, solution and product manager Giils Zantvoort, admits that "it could be argued that we were a little late to this". He maintains that HP has been able to learn from this and is in a position to produce "a world-class solution".