Here's one more reason to support
the notion of product integration. A group of companies
have come togther to develop best practices and promote
integrated security products and services.
The industry group, called
Open Security Exchange, was formed by Computer Associates
and other physical security companies. Initial members
to this group are identity card maker HID, smart card
maker Gemplus, security firm Pinkerton Consulting and
Investigations and security software company Software
House, a subsidiary of Tyco Fire & Security.
The group will create best
practices for information and physical security products
and services, especially how such security should be
integrated. In addition, the companies will release
open technology specifications, but the group didn't
describe what form the documents would take in any detail.
While making this announcement,
CA unveiled two software components that met the group's
specifications: its Security Command Center management
software and eTrust 20/20 security event-tracking software.