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Security Update Manager 1.0

USABILITY

B

CAPABILITY

B

PERFORMANCE

B

INTEROPERABILITY

B

MANAGEABILITY

C

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.

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