Single integrated solution increases client system integrity while reducing time to remediate security vulnerabilities
HOUSTON and SANTA CLARA, CA, September 22, 2009 – In most datacenters, IT operations and IT security act independently of one another, with distinct priorities, challenges and oversight. By bringing these disparate groups together and eliminating communication gaps, enterprise organizations can reduce IT costs and drive greater compliance, productivity and business alignment.
BMC Software (NYSE: BMC) and McAfee (NYSE: MFE) today announced a strategic alliance which bridges enterprise IT operations and IT security to deliver proactive remediation of client security violations.
Together, the companies will offer a new, jointly developed solution integrating BMC BladeLogic Client Automation  with McAfee® Policy Auditor, McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator® and security and remediation content from McAfee Labs. Working together, the products can quickly identify, report, patch and remediate policy violations. This closed-loop process helps ensure compliance with corporate policies and federal regulatory requirements, resulting in lower business risk and higher availability due to fewer security violations.
According to Gartner, a leading independent analyst firm: “Patch management is about risk avoidance, but also about maintaining system availability. Therein lies the challenges of patching: what to patch, how fast and in consultation with whom. There are multiple stakeholders involved in the process, or at least its outcome. One message we consistently hear from clients is that, even with security teams working closely with IT operations teams, there is often a gap between what is expected and what is practical in patch deployment timing. The security team wants to reduce risk of an external attack and, while the operations team wants that too, it also has to worry about self-inflicted wounds and conflicting demands.”
“By bringing IT operations and security together in a single, integrated solution, we are removing the element of conflict and ensuring both IT and security are aligned based on the needs of the business,” said Paul Avenant, BMC’s vice president of products, Enterprise Service Management. “In addition to increasing compliance and speed to remediation, the integration can also drive down IT costs by reducing the amount of resources required to maintain systems integrity.”
BMC BladeLogic Client Automation effectively configures and automates the rollout of software, patches, power settings and security policies available through McAfee Policy Auditor’s robust security policy remediation library. By streamlining and automating client configuration management, remediation and patches can be rolled out much faster than with previous “disconnected” processes.
“This alliance represents a significant step forward in providing customers with a complete solution for continuous compliance,” said George Kurtz, senior vice president and general manager of McAfee’s risk and compliance business unit. “Our joint customers – especially those required to meet stringent compliance guidelines such as SCAP, FDCC and HIPAA – can feel confident that this integration will enable faster, more consistent remediation, achieve operational efficiencies and reduce risk.”
The joint solution will be available in Q4 2009 through either McAfee or BMC. BMC will demonstrate the integration at McAfee’s annual security conference, FOCUS 09 which will take place October 6-9 at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.
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