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60 percent savings achievable with Vulnerability Management from Lumension

Lumension Security : 29 September, 2009  (New Product)
Lumension study demonstrates TCO saving capabilities using Vulnerability Management Solution instead of Microsoft Windows Server Update
As organizations look to keep operating expenses down, 'free' technology solutions start to look more attractive. In terms of vulnerability management solutions, although free patching products may look more attractive on the surface, they often reveal hidden costs and missing capabilities which result in a fragmented patch management process, a weakened security posture while also becoming a costly and burdensome option for organizations to maintain. It is important to also consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) and the difference in key capabilities between these point patching and comprehensive vulnerability management solutions.

In a recent report commissioned by Lumension, the global leader in endpoint management and security, and conducted by The Tolly Group, the study shows a total cost of ownership comparison of Lumension Vulnerability Management solution against Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Although Microsoft provides their patching technology free of charge, Lumension provides a wider range of services including patching Microsoft, non-Microsoft applications, custom applications, built-in reporting, network visibility and more. Lumension Vulnerability Management solution also provides a much lower total cost of ownership in labour time, and can help enterprises with over 500 workstations save 64 percent or 400,000 dollars over a five year period.

'This is a strong indication that free patch management software doesn't always prove to be efficient over time,' says Kevin Tolly, founder of The Tolly Group. 'Lumension's Vulnerability Management solution cost of ownership advantage over Microsoft comes from its diverse application support, powerful operational tools which include custom content creation, software removal and extensive built-in reporting capabilities which WSUS do not provide. While free tools appear to be the obvious choice, a complete patch management solution might be the better option to reduce long-term risk and operation expenses over time.'

'The findings from the Tolly Group reinforce the cost savings and level of security Lumension Vulnerability Management provides to our customers,' said Edward Brice, SVP worldwide marketing, Lumension. 'Lumension Vulnerability Management solution provides a greater value in yearly cost savings and can save IT administrators almost half the labor and hours each month when patching Microsoft and non-Microsoft patches. While most organizations may be drawn to the concept of free software, security is a high priority where malware and vulnerabilities are continually increasing, posing greater risk to the enterprise security posture. This report was commissioned to help organizations better understand the risks and benefits of adopting a solution that can protect only one type of platform versus today's unique IT environment that consists of complex, highly distributed IT infrastructure. Through Lumension Vulnerability Management, Lumension offers enterprises a comprehensive, cost-effective solution to manage critical risk and ensure security processes and policies are in place.'
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