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Tripwire Rolls Out SecureScan

February 27, 2014

Tripwire, a global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, on February 24 debuted Tripwire SecureScan, a free, cloud-based vulnerability management service for up to 100 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses on internal networks.

According to a release, this new tool makes vulnerability management - a recognized security best practice among large corporations -accessible to small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources for enterprise-grade security technology.

In addition, Tripwire noted:

Smaller businesses generally have fewer resources to invest in security, making them extremely attractive to cyberattackers. According to Symantec, cyberattacks on small businesses rose 300 percent in 2012. Small businesses commonly rely on anti-virus software and firewalls, but these security controls, while useful, are not enough because they do not detect unpatched systems that are frequently targeted by cyberattackers.

"Our goal is to raise the bar for cybersecurity because we want to help make the Internet a safer place for everyone," said Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer for Tripwire. "As more individuals connect to corporate networks from remote locations, it is increasingly important to find ways to limit the risk these connections introduce to company networks. This will become even more critical as the 'Internet of Things' leads to more Internet- connected devices on our home networks, increasing the opportunity for compromise."

Melancon continued: "Tripwire SecureScan makes it easy for smaller organizations to know exactly which devices are on their networks, how these devices are vulnerable and how to manage their security risks."

Tripwire said that SecureScan is a vulnerability management solution that requires no hardware or software to be installed and managed. Organizations of any size can use the service to discover detailed information about networked devices and find vulnerabilities in hardware and software applications that are used in cyberattacks. Tripwire SecureScan discovers these vulnerabilities and then provides users with prioritized, in-depth information on how to fix these security weaknesses.

Tripwire SecureScan uses the same enterprise-class vulnerability scanning platform behind Tripwire's vulnerability products, Tripwire IP360 and Tripwire PureCloud Enterprise. These products protect many of the largest, most sensitive networks in the world.

"Organizations that live 'below the security poverty line' are cutting corners on security all the time," said Wendy Nather, research director, enterprise security practice at 451 Research. "They may not have the expertise to tune and use an open source tool either. Having a commercial product available to them for free can help these enterprises get a leg up -- in some cases for the first time."

More Information:

www.tripwire.com/securescan/

www.tripwire.com

www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/

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