A White Marsh company that provides encryption equipment...

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

July 19, 1993|By STEVE AUERWECK | STEVE AUERWECK,STAFF WRITER

A White Marsh company that provides encryption equipment was misidentified in The Sun's Business section Monday. The company's name is Information Resource Engineering Inc.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Novell developing data security systems

Novell Inc. is leading a cluster of companies in developing systems that will provide greater security for data on computer networks.

Provo, Utah-based Novell, with its NetWare line, is the dominant company in PC networking. But lately it's been feeling the hot breath of Microsoft Corp., whose Windows NT includes core functions to support multiple users and data security.

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So Novell rounded up a group that includes large companies such as AT&T, Computer Associates International Inc. and Motorola Inc. to work on creating systems that meet the C2 standard established by the National Computer Security Center (NCSC) at Fort Meade, as well as an equivalent European standard.

The new product will compete directly with security systems offered by Integrated Resource Engineering Inc. of White Marsh. To Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Caputo, that's just swell.

"A very small percentage of users who should have security have it in place today," Mr. Caputo said, "and one of the reasons is a confusion of standards."

"Anything that clarifies standards is great for data security and is great for our company," he added.

According to Mr. Caputo, the C2 standard is in the "lower-middle level" of the NCSC standards. "It addresses who has access to pieces of data" stored in systems on the network, but doesn't protect privacy of data moving across the network or guarantee that it's been unchanged during transmission.

"Buyers will make a value judgment," he said. "Some we'll win; some they'll win."

C&P introducing ISDN at local offices

With little fanfare, the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland has been introducing ISDN capability in its local offices.

ISDN -- the common designation for the tongue-twisting Integrated Services Digital Network -- is a "back-end" upgrade to the phone system that lets ordinary copper wiring carry voice and fairly high-speed data traffic simultaneously.

Spokesman Dave Pacholczyk says ISDN is now available to about half the business customers in the state. Tariffs became effective May 12 for services that range from the "basic rate interface," which provides high-speed channels for voice and data and a low-speed "signaling" channel, to the "primary rate interface," which combines 24 channels on a single high-speed line for larger businesses.

Residential service should be available in about a year, he says, adding that 84 percent of C&P's customers should have access to national ISDN service by the end of 1995.

C&P's parent, Bell Atlantic Corp., has been the most aggressive of the regional phone holding companies in deploying ISDN. It announced earlier this month that it's distributing a data base program on an MS-DOS disk that spells out details about ISDN availability through the mid-Atlantic region.

If you're planning a networked system, you can get the disk by writing to Pat D'Innocenzo, Bell Atlantic, 13100 Columbia Pike, C21, Silver Spring, Md. 20904.

Sony to produce computer MiniDisc

Have you seen the ad for Sony Corp.'s MiniDisc that shows a fellow dancing with glee as he cries, "I can record on a disk"?

In a year we might see a dancing computer nerd, pocket protector flying as he celebrates the MiniDisc for computers -- 140 megabytes of data on a shiny, recordable 2 1/2 -inch disk.

Sony announced the MD Data specifications last week. It expects to be the first company on the market with drives that will use the new magneto-optical format, but it's licensing the rights to others.

A Sony spokesman says the blank disks should cost about $20; there's been no decision on prices for the drives.

IMA may influence direction of products

The Annapolis-based Interactive Multimedia Association is conducting tests that could determine the future direction of multimedia products.

The IMA, a trade association with more than 250 members, put out a call in December for "scripting languages" that can be used to control multimedia applications.

The idea is to create a standard interface that will work on a variety of hardware and operating system platforms.

Two companies have come up with products that meet the basic requirements: Kaleida Labs Inc., a joint venture of Apple Computer Inc. and IBM; and Gain Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Sybase Inc., which makes data base software.

Brian Marquardt, compatibility director for the IMA, says that by fall, the group hopes to tell its members which product best meets the December requirements.

Although the IMA is not an official body, Mr. Marquardt says, its recommendation is likely to carry a lot of weight with organizations, such as large companies or the Defense Department, that insist on conforming with technological standards.

Kaleida has been rounding up hardware manufacturers to support its ScriptX product. Titles developed with ScriptX have been demonstrated on both Windows and Macintosh machines, and a goal is stand-alone ScriptX players. Gain's system is called GainMomentum.

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