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Patchlink interview on name change to Lumension Security

17 September, 2007
With the recent acquisitions of Harris STAT and SecureWave, the IT security company Patchlink needed to pull all its armoury together and re-launch itself in a consolidated campaign
This is exactly what the company has done this week with the announcement of its re-branding as Lumension Security.

I spoke with Pat Clawson, the CEO of Lumension Security about the changes in the company and what they mean for IT security.

Concerning the change in name, Lumension Security wanted to change the image that Patchlink was portraying as being primarily about patch management. Pat was keen to point out that the new company embraces a completely new approach to IT security management that goes beyond the previously fragmented approach and enters a new domain of unified protection of control.

So what does that mean? Are we talking about unified threat management or something beyond it?

The company's unified protection and control approach combines the disparate functions of managing IT security into one package so the key is functional consolidation. The vision is that instead of using separate tools to control compliance, inventory management, malware protection, network access control and remediation, the IT Manager will now have one set of integrated tools that provides the holistic control and policy management that is lacking in so many companies today.

So what does this approach offer that's new rather than the integration of a suite of tools and techniques?

The direction that Lumension Security is going is to offer a combination of dynamic application control as a service combined with "on-the-ground" inventory management and network discovery. The company sees the control of applications as a key element in protecting against threats which haven't been analysed or patched by the anti-malware brigade yet and which make up a significant number of infections. It does this by maintaining a remediation and control database and only allowing applications which are listed in this database to run on the protected network.


IT management is becoming more complex every day. Apart from the constant barrage of e-mail and web-site borne threats, there is the increased risk of mobile computing, internally generated threats, policy management, vulnerability assessments and compliance to external rules and regulations which change at an alarming rate. In this climate, we can expect a lot of churn in the IT security industry with suppliers widening the scope of their offerings, taking new approaches and integrating their products with other solutions. Patchlink have moved on and in changing to Lumension Security, have responded to the dynamic needs of the market, a trend that I'm sure others will soon follow.
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