Ex-CEO of Verifone Joins SmartDisk Board
NAPLES, Fla. - Hatim Tyabji, who retired more than two years ago as president and chief executive officer of Verifone Inc., has joined the board of SmartDisk Corp., provider of the Smarty device that enables computer disk drives to read smart cards.Mr. Tyabji is chairman and CEO of Saraide in San Francisco, which specializes in delivery of Internet services to wireless devices. He is also a director of Ariba, Best Buy, Deluxe Corp., Novatel Wireless, and Publicard Inc.
"Hatim Tyabji possesses more than 30 years of corporate leadership, experience including senior management positions at Verifone and Sperry Corp.," said Addison Fischer, chairman of SmartDisk and of the company that started it, Fischer International Systems Corp. "He brings to SmartDisk an invaluable, well-rounded understanding of the information technology industry," Mr. Fischer said.
SmartDisk added two other directors in September: Anthony A. Ibarguen, president and chief operating officer of the $11.5 billion technology distributor Tech Data Corp., and Joseph M. Tucci, former CEO of Wang Global and now deputy CEO and management board member of the company that acquired it in June, Getronics.
Wireless Protocol Group Adds Netegrity
WALTHAM, Mass. - Netegrity Inc., a provider of software and services for managing access controls to on-line and electronic commerce systems, said it has joined the WAP Forum, which oversees development of the Wireless Application Protocol.The protocol is emerging as a de facto standard for delivering Internet services to cellular phones, pagers, and other wireless devices. Netegrity said the phenomenon is likely to require extension of its SiteMinder technology to mobile commerce and it wants to have a say in the development of technical standards.
"With the use of wireless devices comes the challenge to develop security measures to ensure the protection of data being transmitted and accessed," said Netegrity president and chief executive officer Barry Bycoff. "Netegrity is committed to working with the WAP Forum to meet the standards set for this new market to provide secure user access and management for the emerging mobile marketplace."
HNC to Meld Risk, Anti-Fraud Systems
SAN DIEGO - HNC Software Inc.'s eHNC subsidiary said it will integrate its eFalcon Internet risk management system with a fraud management service that Internet Commerce Services Corp. expects to make available in the first quarter.The eFalcon program, which helps to identify fraudulent or potentially questionable transactions, is expected to enhance the protections to on-line merchants and consumers offered by Internet Commerce Services, a Nashua, N.H., company known as iCOMS.
It aims to give merchants "the ability to protect their bottom lines while also looking after the interests of customers and prospects," said iCOMS chief executive officer Cliff Conneighton.
"Many on-line merchants are experiencing tremendous pain because of high incidences of on-line credit card fraud, and they often don't know where to begin," said eHNC president Doug Burke. The iCOMS partnership's one-stop e-commerce enabling service with fraud detection will serve as "the most effective pain reliever."
In a separate move, HNC Software's financial solutions division said it became a charter member of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s e-intelligence partner program. HNC's Capstone Decision Manager fits into the range of customer relationship management, e-commerce, and decision-support capabilities that Hewlett-Packard aims to promote.