Middle East yet to patch up

Secure Synergy and Al Rostamani have announced a partnership to offer 'automated patch management' solutions to secure IT networks in the Middle East.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  December 24, 2003

Secure Synergy and Al Rostamani Communications have announced a partnership to offer 'automated patch management' solutions to secure IT networks in the Middle East.

Patch management refers to automatic updating or 'patching' of all networked PCs and clients with the required security updates, patches, bug fixes, version upgrades, service packs, anti-virus signature updatesto ensure that all the clients, servers and gateways are running the most current and updated software to avoid security breaches or hacker attacks.

"Companies will have to become more proactive in their security planning and implementation faster to install patches, implement and update policies, thereby increasingly protect as well as improve return on investment," says V.Balaji, regional manager, Secure Synergy, Middle East.

Most companies suffer billions of dollars in losses in terms of downtime, lost data and security breaches by running old software which doesn't have the required updates given by the vendor. Secure Synergy attributes this to lack of automated solutions to patch 1000's of PC easily and lack of user awareness.

"We are working with our local partner (Al Rostamani) to give regional IT managers a better understanding of how critical information security patches are to manage their IT infrastructure," says Anil Menon, senior vice president, Secure Synergy.

According to the vendor, each week 60 new software vulnerabilities, more than 100 new viruses are detected with companies receiving an average of 300 IT-related security threats each month, which most enterprises are not aware of. Secure Energy believes the potential for patch management solutions is immense as more than 90% of corporate networks run on Windows and Microsoft applications on the client side.

The company's Patch Easy version 6.1 automates patch management for all Microsoft business and consumer applications like Windows Server 2003, XP, IIS, MS Office, Internet Explorer and others. Patch Easy currently doesn't support patch management for Macintosh, Unix or Linux users, but the vendor adds that customers can expect support for other platforms and non-Microsoft applications in early 2004.

Secure Synergy uses a patch-engine licensed from St.Bernard, a leading patch management vendor, and offers it with its Managed Security Service (MSS) offerings. The company has also partnered with McAfee for security solutions.

The pricing of the automated patch managed solution is based on the number of clients managed or on a per PC patched basis. Patch Easy is priced at 175 Dirhams, per user or client managed for a 2-year subscription with 2 months of support and training.

"We have partnered with Secure Synergy which offers security monitoring and support, patch mangement, business continuity and enterprise security services," says Hari Kumar, business development manager, Al Rostamani Communications (ARC).

ARC is a part of the US$1.4 billion Al Rostamani Group, and works with more than 20 IT vendors like IBM, Lucent and others to offer regional companies IT related services.

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