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Vendor makes patching easier

Configuresoft last week rolled out a new module for its Enterprise Configuration Manager software that reduces the time it takes to fix security vulnerabilities on Microsoft Corp. Windows servers and workstations.

ECM Security Update Manager 2.0 identifies machines that are vulnerable to attack and the patches needed to secure the systems. Information technology administrators can install patches with a simple click of a button on all targeted machines. But if there is a concern about network congestion, the software lets users pull down patches from multiple distribution points in the network. For instance, instead of sending hundreds of patches to machines at a branch office, administrators can specify a network location at the branch office from which a local machine can pull down the patches.

ECM Security Update Manager 2.0 is available now and pricing starts at $25 per server and $5 per workstation. ECM pricing starts at $995 per server and $30 per workstation.

Daon, IBM integrate software

Organizations can control access to their e-business applications through strong biometric authentication and single sign-on capabilities as a result of an alliance between Daon and IBM Corp.

Daon, a supplier of biometric software, has integrated its DaonEngine product with IBM's Tivoli identity management software. The DaonEngine authenticates users via biometric credentials — including fingerprints, voice or iris — and IBM Tivoli Access Manager provides single sign-on capabilities and access to systems based on security and business policies.

The integrated solution is geared for users in industries where stronger levels of authentication and access control are required, such as financial, government, pharmaceutical and health services.

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