Burton Group has specifically commented on HP’s struggle to succeed
in this competitive market. Burton Group’s Identity and Privacy
Strategies Report, “The Identity Management Market 2007: An Expanding Universe”, Our Catalyst 2007 Keynote “Identity Management Market Landscape 2007: Enabling Security and Control Objectives in the Enterprise”, and our “Vantage Point 2007: Trends in Identity Management” telebriefing, all noted that HP’s ability to compete, mindshare, and market momentum has been in sharp decline.
Burton Group has been contacted by HP customers who report that HP
is no longer going to seek new customers for its Identity Center
product. We have contacted HP and the company confirms that HP
Software has decided to focus its investment in identity management
products exclusively on existing customers and not on pursuing
additional customers or market share. HP is in the process of reaching
out to each customer regarding the change. Last week Burton Group spoke
to HP Software Vice President of Products Eric Vishria regarding this
Vishria explained that the Identity Center product line was not
performing in this highly competitive market at a level that’s
acceptable to HP, but added that the product supports the operations of
a number of HP’s critical customers. HP has therefore made the
decision to focus research and development efforts on existing
This was posted on the Burton's Group Identity Blog. Interesting stuff, read more:
Customers of other IdM vendors and customers considering new IdM
deployments should also be carefully scrutinizing this announcement. As
the market becomes increasingly competitive it is imperative that
customers evaluate the viability and long-term strategy of their
existing and potential IdM vendors. Burton Group predicts that the
market will see continued, or even increased, consolidation in coming
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cDc, an old-school hacking crew famous for its anti-censorship stance,
has shipped a new tool that turns the Google search engine into an
easy-to-use vulnerability scanner.
Taking its cue from Johnny Long's Google Dorks—search queries that reveal sensitive information—cDc's new Goolag Scan pushes the envelope even more, offering a stand-alone Windows GUI-based application to power the searchers.
The open-source program comes with about 1,500 custom Google search
queries embedded by default to run searches for vulnerable Web
applications, misconfigured Web servers with open backdoors, sensitive
user names and passwords, and other documents accidentally exposed on
“It's no big secret that the Web is the platform,” said Oxblood Ruffin,
a spokesperson for the hacker think tank. “This platform pretty much
sucks from a security perspective. Goolag Scanner provides one more
tool for Web site owners to patch up their online properties.
“We've seen some pretty scary holes through random tests with the
scanner in North America, Europe and the Middle East. If I were a
government, a large corporation, or anyone with a large Web site, I'd
be downloading this beast and aiming it at my site yesterday. The
vulnerabilities are that serious,” Ruffin said.
The utility ships as a .Net program that can be manually configured to
power Google queries for specific servers or for an entire set of
For example, a business can ask Goolag Scan to search for vulnerable
servers or “files containing juicy information” on all its Web sites,
turning the scanner into a useful auditing tool.
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Since there's really only one thing that could cause such a dialog to pop-up so fast, I checked the source code…
Entertaining story posted on The Daily WTF.