Security Update Manager 1

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-01-07 Print this article Print

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An add-on module for Configuresofts ECM, Security Update Manager uses software inventory information and Microsofts security patch Web site to assess vulnerabilities, download appropriate patches and deploy fixes for Windows systems.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Security Update Manager should reduce the time that Windows-based servers and PCs remain exposed to vulnerabilities.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Managers will be able to spend more time on strategic planning because Security Update Manager takes care of the necessary but time-consuming task of deploying security patches. This should also greatly reduce the time an organizations IT infrastructure is down because of the exploitation of known Windows weaknesses.

PROS: Automatically checks Microsoft patch database; uses inventory information to deploy appropriate fixes.

CONS: Requires ECM network monitoring application, which adds considerable cost.

Configuresoft Inc., Woodland Park, Colo.; (719) 447-4600;

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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