GFI Bolsters LanGuard Patch Management Software
LanGuard 2011 also features custom protection settings to let administrators specify custom security criteria.Networking and security software specialist GFI Software announced enhancements designed to strengthen LanGuard, the company's network vulnerability scanning and patch management software for small to medium-size businesses. The company today released several enhancements to GFI LanGuard that enable IT administrators to deploy critical software patches to PCs, workstations, servers and other devices that have been powered off, as well as to create custom vulnerability scanning and remediation policies for vital systems or groups of systems. Enhanced features of GFI LanGuard 2011 include Wake on LAN, which is designed to free administrators from working around their end users' workday to scan and patch machines. A powered-down machine can be turned on, updated and shut down remotely, resulting in power consumption savings as well eliminating the need to perform patch management during normal business hours.
LanGuard 2011 also features custom protection settings, which enable administrators to specify custom protection criteria and settings for individual systems, so reports reflect that while a PC may not appear fully patched, it is not a threat to the network, as well as create custom computer groups, enabling administrators to group or filter computers based on custom criteria such as location, department or operating systems and then generate reports specific to those groups.