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While most security vendors continue to develop products that harden the network perimeter, two companies are introducing solutions designed to protect the vulnerabilities inside enterprise networks.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Ingrian Networks Inc. are each taking steps to solve the problem of internal threats—data misuse and abuse from employees, partners, customers and other users with network authorization.

At a time when external hacks tend to garner attention, internal data threats are on the rise. According to the latest CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, 80 percent of respondents last year reported security incidents involving insider abuse. For the same survey in 2002, 64 percent of respondents reported internal incidents.

To help enterprises stem the rising tide, Check Point, of Redwood City, Calif., this week will introduce InterSpect, an appliance that includes defense technologies meant to help prevent or mitigate attacks from inside the network. The three main features of the box are a newly developed Intelligent Worm Defender capability, the ability to quarantine machines exhibiting suspicious behavior and the option of setting up discrete network segments.

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