SCS patches with Shavlik

Specialists for Computer Systems (SCS), the Saudi based IT security company has announced signing a partnership with Shavlik, the enterprise patch management vendor to target the US$2 billion patch market.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  June 9, 2004

Specialists for Computer Systems (SCS), the Saudi based IT security company has announced signing a partnership with Shavlik, the enterprise patch management vendor. One of the most potentially destructive security threats is an unpatched computer or a PC without the required security and application updates. With the escalating number of software vulnerabilities, the patch management market is one of the fastest growing with several vendors such as Shavlik, BigFix, Ecora, Gravity Storm, PatchLink, St. Bernard, Computer Associates and Microsoft all shipping products targeting the enterprise space. The Aberdeen Group estimates that enterprises worldwide will spend more than US$2 billion annually investigating and deploying security patches. The 11-year old Shavlik provides patch management products, which allow network administrators to automatically update all computers and servers with anti-virus updates, product upgrades, application patches in a network centrally, compared to the cumbersome task of updating individual workstations. “Our new partnership with Shavlik is reflective of the demand for IT Security and its importance as well as on its potential in terms of functionality. SCS’s vision is to help our customers achieve their business goals by using IT technologies. [Though] the firm’s customers are primarily high end business but we are also focusing on small and medium size businesses,” said Mohammed Al Mandil, SCS’s president & CEO. “SCS was formed, three years ago with a seed capital of SR (Saudi Riyal) 500,000 and we now have total project turnover of SR 20,000,000,” says Khalid Siddiqi, marketing manager, SCS. The company accredits its large customer implementations with the Saudi Air Force, SABIC, STC, National Commercial Bank, AlHokair Group and Saudi Siemens for it’s fast growth. The Riyadh-based company also offers intrusion detection systems, firewalls, virtual private network (VPNs) and other enterprise security solutions in partnership with Symantec, Microsoft, IBM, Netscreen, Cyber Guard and Citrix.

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