SOURCE: PatchLink Corporation

June 05, 2007 08:00 ET

PatchLink Extends Proven Enterprise Solution to Government Agencies by Meeting Stringent Standards

PatchLink STAT Guardian Vulnerability Management Suite Achieves Common Criteria Requirements, Broadens Market Opportunity in Government Sector

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - PatchLink Corporation, the global leader in security and vulnerability management solutions, today announced that STAT Guardian Vulnerability Management Solution™ (VMS) has achieved Evaluation Assurance Level Two (EAL2+) certification under the Canadian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCS). The comprehensive assessment was conducted by Electronic Warfare Associates-Canada, Ltd., an internationally recognized third-party evaluation service that determines the trustworthiness of Information Technology (IT) security products. PatchLink VMS is proven to comply with one of the highest government standards worldwide, making it the only integrated vulnerability management platform certified under Common Criteria.

Government agencies are under increasing pressure to improve security. For example, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) imposes a mandatory set of processes that must be followed for all information systems used or operated by a U.S. Government federal agency or by a contractor or other organization on behalf of a U.S. Government agency. Agencies are rated on annual tests of information security, whether they certify and accredit their systems as secure, how well they manage the configuration of their computers, how they detect and react to security breaches, their training programs, and the accuracy of their inventories. In 2006, the government got a C- grade, which actually is up slightly from the last three years when it received a grade of D+, D+, and D. By achieving Common Criteria status, VMS will now be able to help agencies mitigate risks, comply with stringent regulations and eliminate threats.

"With the proliferation of threats and targeted attacks, it is essential that organizations, especially those in the government sector, can easily establish and enforce global security policies to ensure they remain compliant and protect their networks," said Steve Antone, vice president of federal solutions at PatchLink. "With more than 3,400 customers worldwide, PatchLink is effectively securing enterprises and reducing business risk across the globe. This certification further validates our proven solution and will enable us to address the growing needs of government agencies."

PatchLink's VMS underwent rigorous testing that formally approved it as the only integrated solution on the internationally recognized Centralized Certified Product List. With this status, PatchLink's VMS will meet the needs of more sophisticated customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM).

The Common Criteria certification requirement went into effect on July 1, 2002 for U.S. Government purchases of information security products. Many U.S. Government agencies are not permitted to purchase information security products that do not meet these specific guidelines. The criteria, developed by national security coordinators in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada, assures government and private sector consumers of the validity of vendor claims.

About PatchLink Corporation

PatchLink® is the global leader for security patch and vulnerability management solutions, delivering comprehensive, multi-platform assessment and remediation for continuous protection across the enterprise. Offering the most comprehensive platform and application support, PatchLink maintains the largest tested and most up-to-date security patch repository, enabling organisations to accurately assess and remediate vulnerabilities based on established industry best practices. Currently protecting thousands of commercial and government organisations and millions of PCs and servers worldwide, PatchLink effectively eliminates vulnerability risks and enforces security and compliance policies while reducing overall IT costs. PatchLink is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and was founded in 1991 by Sean Moshir.

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