A breach caused by the Nachi virus that exploited an un-patched system causing network downtime for three days, prompted East Sussex County Council to look for an effective patch and vulnerability management solution.
The Council chose PatchLink Update to provide accurate assessment, comprehensive vulnerability remediation and continuous monitoring to ensure that all its 4,000 networked PCs and laptops across 100 different locations are patched against the latest threats.
East Sussex County Council worked with Global Secure Systems (GSS), a specialist in emergency planning, response and recovery solutions, to carry out a vigorous six month research study of the patch management market. The solution had to provide the Council with the flexibility and automation needed when deploying across a wide range of different software applications and specifications. In addition, the solution had to support the Councils policy to lock laptops away overnight, meaning it needed to be able to deploy patches to these systems within working hours without severely reducing network bandwidth.
We can now quickly determine which machines are patched and have achieved a manageable level of automation in the application of necessary patches, explains Mike Walder, Support Consultant at the Council. We have not been subject to any major virus attacks since deploying PatchLink and using its centralised management capability. Critical patches can be quickly applied to all machines across our distributed network.
With the worlds largest repository of operating system and application security patches and its patented process, PatchLink Update enables East Sussex County to carry out an inventory assessment at both the PC and group levels, automatically apply the appropriate patches according to predefined policies, continuously monitor existing machines and report on the security posture of the organisation.
Alan Bentley, Managing Director of PatchLink EMEA, commented: Todays workforce simply must be flexible and as remote working is introduced, it is an area that must not be overlooked when it comes to security. East Sussex County Council recognised the need to protect its progressive mobile workforce and the flexibility it would require to do so.
As the #1 selling patch and vulnerability management solution, PatchLink Updates intelligent agent-based architecture protects organisations against security threats even in highly mobile computing environments whilst reducing costs and increasing security peace of mind.
About Global Secure Systems
Global Secure Systems have been supplying IT Security solutions since 1997. As 'The Security Integrators', we are continually developing our best of breed portfolio in accordance with new emerging threats. GSS offer a wide range of leading-edge solutions to cover issues within; IM security/compliance, Wireless Security, Patch Management, Firewalls/VPN's, Business Continuity, Intrusion Management, and Content Control. GSS provide clients with solutions that really work along side consultancy, training and support.
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 organizations to accurately assess and remediate vulnerabilities based on established industry best practices. Currently protecting thousands of commercial and government organizations 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 1991by Sean Moshir.