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July 2003

Review: Configuresoft ECM 4.5 prevents security configuration errors

What's a bigger security problem than any hacker, rogue insiders, vulnerability or virus? System misconfigurations caused by admin error. Encompassing everything from open shares to leaky services to missing hotfixes, misconfigurations leave the virtual door open to critical systems. The latest version of Configuresoft's Enterprise Configuration Manager (ECM) counters admin error by providing enterprises with a solution that centralizes the monitoring, analyzing and correcting of configuration errors that cause security problems. Our testing of version 4.5 beta code shows ECM is an effective tool for automating configuration management. The updated software can baseline Windows configurations, enforce policy compliance, and show how configurations change over time. The latest version boasts some new tricks, like encrypting agent communications, improved performance and better Active Directory (AD) support. But there's a few catches. ECM only supports Windows servers and workstations. Its initial deployment can bog down networks ...

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