CA Offers Free Vulnerability Scan to Reduce IT Infrastructure Exposure to Malicious Actions

Service Assesses Perimeter Defenses, Remote Access, Software Patches and Other Potential eBusiness Risks

ISLANDIA, N.Y., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), the world’s leading provider of eBusiness management solutions, today announced that it is offering a free security assessment service to North American companies. This service will enable IT managers to better understand their business’ vulnerability to a wide spectrum of security threats.

CA is offering this service in response to growing cyber-security concerns prompted by recent attacks against the nation’s physical and economic infrastructures. The assessment provides insights into key areas of eBusiness security, including:

* Perimeter defense mechanisms

* Remote access services

* Access to internal resources

* Data protection schemes

* Total security architecture

* Emergency response process

* Incident response handling

* Adherence to security policies

* Security awareness of employees

“CA’s vulnerability assessment service has allowed our company to complete a solid infrastructure security audit before our end-of-year deadline — without forcing us to pull technical staff away from other urgent eBusiness projects,” said Greg Rubenstein, CIO of Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota, the largest administrator of dental benefits in the state of Minnesota. “The results of that audit have proven to be very valuable as we continue to assess and eliminate our exposure to the diverse potential threats to our electronic infrastructure, as well as satisfy the requirements our external auditing group.”

CA Services security experts perform the assessment remotely and present a report to customers within 48 hours of the scan. The report enumerates discovered security holes, such as bad configurations, obsolete user IDs, lack of software patches, old releases of code, and unused or insecure communication services. It includes both an executive-level summary outlining probabilities and consequences of discovered vulnerabilities and a more technically detailed section for network and systems administrators.

“There is a tremendous need for independent eBusiness security auditing,” said Wai Wong, senior vice president, CA Services. “By offering this introductory assessment for free, CA is attempting to jump-start the security re-evaluations and reinforcements that all companies should take very seriously.”

For more information and qualification criteria on CA’s free eBusiness security vulnerability assessment service, please visit This offer is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2002.

CA is the world’s leading provider of Internet security software, according to IDC. CA’s eTrust product family of security solutions — which includes certificate management, risk assessment, attack detection, and loss prevention — enable management teams to defend, administer access, and ensure the management and security of complex eBusiness environments, on virtually every platform, from the desktop to the mainframe.

About Computer Associates

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) delivers The Software That Manages eBusiness. CA’s world-class solutions address all aspects of eBusiness management through industry-leading brands: Unicenter for infrastructure management, BrightStor for storage management, eTrust for security management, CleverPath for portal and business intelligence, AllFusion for application life cycle management, Advantage for data management and application development, and Jasmine for object-oriented database technology. Founded in 1976, CA serves organizations in more than 100 countries, including 99 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit .

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