SOURCE: Citadel Security Software

September 27, 2005 08:00 ET

Citadel Security Software Receives Notice of Patent Allowance for Automated Vulnerability Remediation Technology

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 27, 2005 -- Citadel Security Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CDSS), a leader in enterprise vulnerability management and policy enforcement solutions, today announced it has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new patent on its automated vulnerability remediation software solution that is licensed as part of Citadel's Hercules® security software solution. Citadel anticipates the patent to be issued by the end of the year.

Citadel's innovative IT security technology enables organizations to manage risk, reduce threats and enforce compliance with security policies and regulations by providing a consistent and repeatable business process.

"This patent allowance is an important company milestone that validates our pioneering efforts in automated vulnerability remediation," said Steven B. Solomon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Security Software. "We believe securing patents for our technology offerings is a key company asset and can help build a foundation for future competitive advantage."

Citadel's Hercules software employs proprietary automated remediation techniques to reduce or eliminate computer vulnerabilities for Citadel's customers in an integrated and manageable fashion. In addition to the currently allowed patent claims, Citadel has pending patent applications that address the original Hercules software as well as selected technology enhancements.

About Citadel Hercules

With its award-winning Hercules Security Compliance and Vulnerability Remediation software solutions, Citadel helps protect an organization's network against all five classes of vulnerabilities -- software defects or patches, unsecured accounts, unnecessary services, mis-configurations, and backdoors -- across a multi-platform, multi-device environment. By automating vulnerability remediation and policy enforcement processes, Citadel's customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, MCI and AutoZone, have a more effective approach to protecting sensitive data and enforcing security policies across their network.

About Citadel

Citadel Security Software (NASDAQ: CDSS) delivers security solutions that enable organizations to manage risk, reduce threats and enforce compliance with security policies and regulations. Citadel's proven architecture provides a business process to manage the increasing volume, frequency, and complexity of cyber security attacks. Citadel combines the world's largest active library of remediations spanning all classes of vulnerabilities with a proven delivery methodology to dramatically streamline vulnerability management and security compliance and provide ROI from the first use. Citadel solutions are used across the Department of Defense, at the Veterans Administration, and within other government and commercial organizations. For more information on Citadel, visit www.citadel.com, or call 888-8CITADEL.

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Editors Note: Citadel is a trademark and Hercules® is a registered trademark of Citadel Security Software.

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