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CA unveils vulnerability detection appliance

Computer Associates International has introduced an appliance designed to detect and repair hundreds of potential...

Computer Associates International has introduced an appliance designed to detect and repair hundreds of potential vulnerabilities.

This week, at its CA World 2003 user event, the company announced the eTrust Vulnerability Manager, which IT staff can use to discover and correct potential soft spots in enterprise security.

The software comes bundled on a rack-mountable Dell Computer machine running Windows 2000 Server software and delivers a browser-based interface on any client in the network. That way, security administrators can use a single tool to protect servers and desktops against intrusions and other threats.

The appliance works by discovering various servers and desktops in the network and prioritising which of them are most important, based on what business process they support.

The built-in inventory service will drill down into a server operating system and discover the applications and databases and even software patches running there. The tool then checks these assets against an internal database that contains a catalogue of more than 6,000 vulnerabilities and automatically creates a remediation checklist for IT staff to review.

The vulnerability database can be updated regularly as more security holes are discovered and validated.

The tool will also integrate with the CA eTrust Security Command Center security management portal and its flagship Unicenter enterprise management application.

ETrust Vulnerability Manager starts at $25,000 (£15,677) per appliance, plus $2 per node per month, and supports Windows, Linux and Unix.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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