April 19, 2005 08:00 ET

NetPro Announces Release of SecurityManager

New Solution Hardens Active Directory Security and Policy Management Using Industry Security Best Practices

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- MICROSOFT MANAGEMENT SUMMIT -- NetPro Computing, Inc., a leading provider of distributed services management software, today announced the release of SecurityManager. Building on a foundation of industry security best practices, SecurityManager is a breakthrough solution that monitors Microsoft Active Directory security policies in real-time.

SecurityManager ensures that Active Directory configurations are correctly defined and enforces corporate compliance to government regulations using baked in Security Best Practices from Microsoft and a customizable policy interface. Leveraging NetPro's auditing and configuration solution, ChangeAuditor, SecurityManager provides 24x7notification of Active Directory security vulnerabilities and ensures comprehensive protection against the Active Directory security breaches that put implementations at risk every day.

"SecurityManager embraces recommendations made by Microsoft and top security consultants to deliver an inclusive security methodology for enterprise environments," said Brad Hibbert, NetPro's vice president of product development. "SecurityManager is designed to eliminate time-consuming manual methods now used to secure Active Directory and increase the overall security and control of the directory infrastructure."

"Active Directory has become one of the most widely used infrastructures for securely managing identity and access," said Michael Stephenson, directory of product management at Microsoft. "We are pleased that NetPro is committed to meeting the needs of enterprise customers by offering value- added solutions based on Active Directory."

Available April 21, 2005, SecurityManager is a key component of NetPro's Security and Compliance Suite (SCS), which also features ChangeAuditor, and ChangeManager, NetPro's change control and work flow management solution for Active Directory.

SecurityManager at a glance:

--  Proactively automates the enforcement of Active Directory security
--  Delivers a customizable, intuitive user interface to drive best
    practice AD security enforcement
--  Includes in-depth, detailed descriptions of security best practices
    and processes
--  Provides a comprehensive policy library and knowledge base
--  Provides an intuitive wizard-based interface to select or customize
    corporate policy
--  Provides real-time visibility into security and policy compliance in a
    single interface
--  Provides immediate notification and correlation of non-compliant
    security configurations
--  Integrates with ChangeAuditor to maintain a secure Active Directory
About NetPro

NetPro sets the Gold Standard for distributed infrastructure management. We incorporate decades of experience into every enterprise solution, ensuring that our customers can manage the health, security and control of their Active Directory, DNS, MIIS and eDirectory environments with total, unparalleled confidence. Our solutions enable organizations to increase access availability, stability and performance, prevent costly disruptions, improve security and policy compliance, and enhance management productivity and efficiencies. We exceed expectations in the quality and depth of our solutions and deliver exceptional customer support and ROI every time. Our industry partners include Microsoft Corp., Novell, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard, and our customer list features such respected organizations as Bank One, the U.S. Army and General Motors. For more information about NetPro, please visit our website at or call 602.346.3600.

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