Configuration audit and control provider Tripwire is giving IT a better handle on controlling configuration changes that can cause outages or compliance issues.
The company on Feb. 5 launched the latest release of its Tripwire Enterprise software, which is designed to help IT track changes made outside existing policies to help reduce the amount of downtime and security vulnerabilities caused by unauthorized changes.
"Auditing the state of your configurations is essential to find out where unauthorized changes are occurring," said Rob Warmack, vice president of product marketing at Tripwire, in Portland, Ore. "There are policies in place on when changes should be made and how configuration states exist. Our job is to track that."
Tripwire Enterprise 6.0 adds the ability to monitor changes to Microsofts SQL Server databases and Group Policy Objects in Active Directory as well as Hewlett-Packards HP-UX 11.0 on HPs Itanium-based systems. In addition, on the network devices it audits, Tripwire has updated the monitoring of operating system versions.
The new elements that the software can track further broaden already widespread support for different infrastructure components, which is critical for success, Warmack said. "We have coverage across the entire IT service stack, including network devices, servers, directories and databases. We can see all the changes occurring," he said.
The new release, available immediately, has automated techniques to filter and classify changes to better detect changes made outside existing policies. This capability applies to authorized users, time windows and other parameters.