SOURCE: Tripwire Inc.

July 16, 2007 08:05 ET

Tripwire Unveils Strategy for Continuous Data Center Compliance

Growing Complexity of IT Operations and Need for Improved Risk Management Drive Demand for Configuration Audit and Control

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - Tripwire® today announced its strategy to help IT organizations more effectively manage their IT infrastructure for risk and consistent delivery of IT services through its Configuration Audit and Control platform for continuous compliance across the data center. IT benefits include operational compliance, and adherence to enterprise policies, processes, and standards; compliance to regulatory and security standards; increased operational efficiency; reduced risk; and the ability to dedicate more resources to strategic business initiatives.

The IT Process Institute found in a 2006 study of the impact of IT controls that a set of foundational controls help top performing IT organizations improve overall performance which includes an increased number of supported projects. One of the key findings: Organizations compliant with internal operational policies dedicate far fewer resources to regulatory and security compliance as they are natural outcomes from following best practices internally.

"Tripwire continues to forge new ground within the change and configuration management market, creating a platform for IT operations best practices. Its vision for continuous compliance accelerates and complements IT service management initiatives, reducing enterprise risk," said Andi Mann, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Management Associates.

"To help IT control increasingly complex infrastructures, and effectively manage compliance and risk, Tripwire is bringing to market a platform for continuous compliance across the data center," said Jim Johnson, Tripwire President and CEO. "Tripwire's strategic direction is to enable IT organizations to establish and automate conformance to best practices within their organizations. In doing so, we will provide customers with the stepping stones to naturally move forward in their ongoing quest for process maturity and improved service delivery."

Tripwire's first step in delivering this vision to the marketplace and ensuring continuous data center compliance is the introduction of configuration assessment which provides IT with a profile of their risks related to operational, security and regulatory policies. (See today's announcement of Tripwire Enterprise 7, "Tripwire Enterprise 7 Brings Continuous Compliance to the Data Center.") Tripwire Enterprise 7 can provide an initial scan of the enterprise, proactively assessing an organization's configurations to give them an indication of their current state. By correlating configuration settings against industry benchmarks, Tripwire helps organizations quickly identify areas of risk and weakness, moving them from a known state, to that of a trusted and compliant state. Once an organization is in a known and trusted state, Tripwire helps maintain that state by detecting all configuration changes and assessing them for compliance.

Addressing issues of data center complexity, Tripwire has plans to extend its platform to address virtualized environments and the leading CMDBs. In fact, Tripwire has already expanded to introduce a certified integration with BMC Atrium 2.0 CMDB, and integrations with HP Universal CMDB and CA CMDB. As IT operations grow in maturity and embrace the promise of technologies such as CMDB and virtualization, Tripwire will be there to help them effectively and efficiently ensure these new environments are in a known, good and compliant state, protecting them against the consequences of unplanned and unauthorized change. Tripwire plans to announce a series of new products, services, added functionality, and partnerships to deliver on this strategy.

About Tripwire, Inc.

Tripwire, Inc. is the recognized leader of configuration audit and control solutions, serving over 5,500 enterprises worldwide. Tripwire enables IT to control risk and increase operational efficiency through its advanced configuration audit and control solutions that detect and analyze all configuration events across the IT infrastructure. Global enterprises rely on Tripwire to strengthen their compliance and security, reduce unplanned work, increase availability, and accelerate success with CMDB initiatives. Tripwire is headquartered in Portland, Ore. with offices in the UK and Japan. For more information visit:

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