Get proactive on your IT protection

Traditional security models just won't cut it, claims the newly-renamed Lumension Security. Firms must get ahead of new technology threats.

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By  Joanne Bladd Published  September 11, 2007

A GITEX Technology Week exhibitor has announced a corporate renaming following the recent acquisition of two companies.

PatchLink Corporation has become Lumension Security after acquiring SecureWave S.A and Harris Corporation's STAT. The newly-named firm now claims to occupy a unique position as the industry's only IT security company to deliver holistic unified protection and control over enterprise endpoints.

Senior vice president of international sales Andrew Clarke says that while companies are prepared to spend substantial sums on peripheral IT security, they often ignore the damage that can be done by single users.

"With today's technology someone can take sensitive data off a laptop with a USB stick, or they could even upload a virus. What we do is control the input and output of users and the acquisition of these two technologies will allow us to offer complete security packages," he says.

The decision to rebrand the company profile is indicative of the new approach to security that Clarke envisions, but it also makes commercial sense in today's market, claims Patrick Clawson, CEO of Lumension Security.

"There is considerable amount of consolidation in the market place as security vendors add capabilities to complete their existing portfolios," he says. "Our new corporate strategy is designed to meet customer demand for tightly integrated solutions that are cost effective, easy to use and manage.

"The market is crowded with stand alone point solutions. Lumension Security is shifting the paradigm from a reactive to a proactive approach by unifying best-of-breed, enterprise-class solutions that maintain security policies, reduce overall costs, and ultimately accelerate business results."

The issue of network security has never been more pressing and IT managers are bearing a great deal of corporate responsibility, according to Clarke. A May 2007 report published by the National Vulnerability Database suggests that 24 new vulnerabilities are identified every day, more than half of which are considered dangerous enough to warrant immediate remediation by IT departments.

In addition to the increasing volume of new vulnerabilities, many organisations are also forced to rely on a wide variety of security and configuration management technologies. Because traditional security models are reactive in nature and attempt to resolve threats after they are discovered, they simply cannot keep up with this constant deluge of new threats.

Research company Gartner estimates that, by the end of 2007, 75% of enterprises will be infected with financially motivated, targeted malware that evaded traditional perimeter and host defenses.

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