Secunia releases next generation enterprise patch management tool

Secunia released Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) 5.0, an automated patch manager and vulnerability scanner that identifies and remediates all off-the-shelf programs in corporate networks.

With the introduction of the Secunia CSI 5.0, patch management has been taken to the next level, simplifying the processes and reducing the resources required to ensure compliance. This is an important step in the further assimilation of patch management in organizations world-wide, as companies’ IT security is only as strong as the weakest link – and patch management represents one of the central links. A patch remediates the root cause of compromise and thereby neutralizes a large number of attack vectors.

Research from Secunia validates that an intelligent patching strategy is an effective approach for reducing vulnerability risks, maximizing operational efficiency, and minimizing costs.

To reduce cyber-risks with limited resources, it is important to know the potential targets, the capabilities and limitations of traditional defences, and where to effectively complement defences. Security patches are found to be a primary and effective means to escape the arms race with cybercriminals, as patches remediate the root cause of compromise.

The Secunia CSI 5.0 offers companies a better way to deal with the patching challenge through automation and a highly centralized approach. Customers can see a complete view of their network’s software security from one centralized, easy to navigate dashboard.

In addition, Secunia’s integration with Microsoft WSUS for easy patch distribution has been ramped up, enabling management of the entire program life-cycle. It is now possible to install, configure, uninstall, and even deploy non-security related updates through the Secunia CSI 5.0’s WSUS integration.

Because no two companies are the same the Secunia CSI 5.0 has been designed to adapt to individual organizational needs so that customers can optimize their processes, improve management of their risks, and ultimately save money.

Key features of the Secunia CSI 5.0 include:

Enhanced Microsoft WSUS integration: The Secunia CSI 5.0 simplifies third party patch management by integrating with Microsoft WSUS and SCCM for easy distribution, providing award-winning accuracy, and offering the industry’s largest coverage of programs from more than 2,000 third party vendors, delivered by the market’s most trusted source of vulnerability intelligence.

Supreme flexibility, customization and control: The updated design and enhanced modular reporting capabilities are inspired by Secunia Vulnerability Intelligence Manager (VIM). Configure the data that you want including data from several uses. You set the limits on how far you wish to go.

Handle security for laptops: Enhanced integration with the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) enables you to have increased control of the laptops that employees carry with them outside the corporate network.

Cross-platform scanning: Apple Mac OS X: Scan your Apple Mac OS X and have the results displayed in the Secunia CSI 5.0 user interface. The new CSI Agent for Mac can be installed on the Mac host in both command line and “service” mode, in a similar way to the Windows version.

New API gateway to the Secunia database: Access and interact with all Secunia scan results, scan history, sites, and configuration settings. Write your own custom SQL queries, copy/export local database contents to 3rd party programs, and share any queries with the Secunia Community, etc.

Secunia Package System (SPS): Enjoy even greater integration with Microsoft WSUS and create customised packages in a simple way with the SPS wizard – control execution flow, add multiple files to the same update package, perform configuration changes, etc. Key features include full 32-bit and 64-bit support, language specific updates, and a flexible uninstall program function. It is now also possible to patch different languages.

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