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[January 07, 2013]

GFI expands vulnerability assessment and patch management capabilities

Jan 07, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- GFI Software has announced that GFI LanGuard is supporting vulnerability assessment and patch management for computers running the Mac OS X operating system.

The latest version of the company's comprehensive patch management, vulnerability assessment and network auditing software for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) now also features a portfolio of compliance standards reporting tools, the company said.


IT administrators can generate streamlined and reports for nine of the top regulatory compliance standards, including PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act).

Trends such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have made vulnerability assessments a component to maintaining a secure network. As administrators attempt to regulate the massive influx of outside hardware being brought into the workplace and connected to the corporate network, including mobile devices and laptops running different operating systems, such as Windows and Mac OS X, making sure these devices do not introduce extra vulnerabilities into the network infrastructure has reached a critical level, the company added.

"We have seen a steadily rising demand for all of our products to support Mac systems. Business networks often have a mixture of devices and we have developed GFI LanGuard to address this and meet today's demands. The combination of Mac and PC patching as well as device audit and vulnerability assessment make GFI LanGuard the administrator's choice for maintaining the strength of a business network," said Phil Bousfield, general manager, IT Infrastructure, at GFI.

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