By Morten Stengaard, Director, Product Management & Quality Assurance
Today Secunia reaches an important milestone, as we release a new vulnerability and patch management solution - the Secunia SmallBusiness - in public beta, targeted at the small business and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) segments (read the press release here).
For more than 10 years, Secunia's vision has been to become the brand synonymous with reliable vulnerability intelligence and to offer cutting-edge vulnerability management solutions. Pursuing this vision has led to the development of several award-winning vulnerability scanning and patch management solutions for both private users - the Secunia PSI - and corporations - the Secunia CSI.
With the introduction of the Secunia SmallBusiness, our goal has been to develop a highly-automated cloud-based solution that combines the best of our private and corporate products; that is, enterprise class security based on Secunia's in-house research and proven scanning technology combined with an easy-to-use web interface that allows small businesses to work intelligently with patch management.
Many small businesses do not patch at all, or they only deploy a few random patches, because they either don't have a patch management solution in place, or the one they have is only capable of handling Microsoft updates. A complete patch management process should involve much more than just deploying Microsoft security updates.
To work intelligently with patch management, organizations therefore need automated solutions that do two things: Firstly, tell them which vulnerabilities are out there and what software in their infrastructure they affect. Secondly, are capable of providing and deploying the actual patches to fix the problem. The Secunia SmallBusiness was developed to help small business owners address these problems.
I want to thank the Secunia community and our loyal users for testing and providing feedback to the solution, which we initially released in a technology preview in December last year. Your feedback and comments are much valued, and we hope that you will like the solution, which will be free to use for up to five PCs for both private users and small businesses.
Morten R Stengaard