IBM helps with patching glut


IBM helps with patching glut

Antony Savvas

IBM is to ship new software that can help organisations keep their businesses up and running when a sudden glut of security patches must be deployed.


The software can prevent patches from clogging networks or bringing down software applications that can slow down the performance of business transactions, such as online purchases or loan processing, said Big Blue


IBM's new Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software, available later this quarter, automates the distribution of software patches using “automated bandwidth control”, which prepares computers for spikes in network activity caused by a barrage of security patches.


The software also sets guidelines for passwords and ensures that firewalls are running on PCs.


“Distributing security patches or fixes throughout large, global enterprises can be a drag on on-line business operations,” said Alan Ganek, IBM Tivoli software chief technology officer.


“A surge of patches can slow down or temporarily halt business transactions, which can cost a company time and revenue,” he said.


The new software can also help companies make sure security policies are being enforced and that the latest patches and software requirements are automatically updated across an organisation.


It also helps companies make sure that mobile devices remain compliant with security requirements.


Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software includes virtualisation technology IBM acquired in 2006 from Rembo.

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