PatchLink Update 6.4 Delivers Policy-Oriented Architecture to Protect and Manage Costs and Valuable I.T. Resources from Emerging Threats
PatchLink Corporation, a global leader in security and vulnerability management solutions, has announced the availability of PatchLink Update 6.4, a policy-oriented architecture that enables organisations to cost effectively manage and control their valuable IT resources while protecting their networks against increasing threats. Today's threat landscape has evolved from random attacks to financially motivated cybercrime with a far greater impact on business. Last year alone, more than 8,000 vulnerabilities were reported1, with a 75 percent increase in Windows related vulnerabilities, while flaws in the Macintosh platform increased by 228 percent. Businesses are looking to adopt more efficient, cost effective, policy-oriented processes and technologies to help eliminate security weaknesses. PatchLink is launching its next generation, enterprise-ready solution to help organisations effectively manage and maintain the integrity of their IT infrastructure.
PatchLink Update 6.4 enables enterprises to manage the entire vulnerability management lifecycle through a simplified and automated integration with Microsoft Active Directory. The new solution includes advanced grouping capabilities to help manage security policies across large enterprises, while enabling for easier management of remediation deployments and improved dashboards for policy compliance.
Version 6.4 enables organisations to mitigate corporate risks, reduce operational costs, and improve productivity with the following features and benefits:
Microsoft Active Directory Integration - Leverages existing infrastructure by seamlessly integrating with existing Active Directory environments to create dynamic groups for establishing mandatory baselines, enforcing policies and reporting on policy compliance. Using PatchLink Update, administrators can dynamically create the Active Directory tree structure based on the existing Active Directory environments which quickly defines group names and group membership. The administrators can now define patch baselines, agent polices, and role based administration at the OU level and these policies can be cascaded down to each OU for ease of management.
Nested Groups - Improves productivity while maintaining network security by easily setting up groups and delegating remediation and reporting activities. Advanced grouping capabilities helps manage security policy options across large enterprises. Administrators can create hierarchical relationships that can be used to define inherited group membership and manage at the Parent level of a group to define patch baselines, Agent Policies, and Role Based Administration. These polices can now be cascaded down to the child group for ease of management.
Broad Platform Support - PatchLink Update 6.4 expands its world's largest reporting of platform and application to include support for Microsoft's latest operating system Windows Vista. PatchLink is using Windows Vista's user experience to increase productivity during large deployments. Using New PatchLink Notification Manager, administrators can now manage all packages through a single Notification Manager and continuously monitor package status to ensure all systems, servers and laptops are patched and compliant.
PatchLink Update 6.4 is available on a limited release. General availability is scheduled for Q2 2007. UK based pricing starts at 747.00 for the PatchLink Update Server (PLUS) software, plus 9 per node per year for Windows agents, 37 per node per year for non-Windows agents (i.e., Linux, UNIX, NetWare, etc.) and 16 node per year for Mac OS X. Current PatchLink customers will be upgraded for free.
ABOUT PATCHLINK CORPORATION
PatchLink is the global leader for security patch and vulnerability
management solutions, delivering comprehensive, multi-platform assessment
and remediation for continuous protection across the enterprise. Offering
the most comprehensive platform and application support, PatchLink maintains
the largest tested and most up-to-date security patch repository, enabling
organisations to accurately assess and remediate vulnerabilities based on
established industry best practices. Currently protecting thousands of
commercial and government organisations and millions of PCs and servers
worldwide, PatchLink effectively eliminates vulnerability risks and enforces
security and compliance policies while reducing overall IT costs. PatchLink
is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and was founded in 1991 by Sean