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PatchLink acquires STAT Guardian tool

PatchLink Corp. says it will add more muscle to its vulnerability management portfolio by acquiring the STAT Guardian tool from IT vendor Harris Corp.

PatchLink Corp. says it will add more muscle to its vulnerability management portfolio by acquiring the STAT Guardian vulnerability management suite from Harris Corp., a Melbourne, Fla.-based IT communications vendor that caters to government and commercial markets.

The acquisition will allow PatchLink to improve its vulnerability management products to help enterprises address risk management and policy-based compliance, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company said in a statement. The acquisition also advances the company's strategy to deliver a holistic end point security platform with a single, policy-based architecture and consolidated compliance reporting, the company said.

"This acquisition is part of our ongoing commitment to help customers address corporate governance issues and risk management by integrating the industry's best remediation engine with the leading vulnerability assessment solution under a single offering," PatchLink Chairman and CEO Pat Clawson said in a statement. "In addition, this acquisition represents an important step towards delivery of a holistic end point security management framework that will integrate future technology acquisitions as we continue to broaden our product offering."

As part of the agreement, PatchLink has acquired the STAT Command Center, STAT Report Center, STAT Analyzer and STAT Scanner, which have already been integrated into PatchLink's flagship product, PatchLink Update. The combined solution is currently deployed by some of the largest enterprises in the world as a result of an existing OEM partnership, the company said..

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With the addition of Harris'database of vulnerabilities, PatchLink said it has been able to create a repository of more than 19,000 patches, security updates, and vulnerabilities.

PatchLink said its vulnerability management product helps enterprises to:

  • Discover unmanaged and rogue devices then deploy agents automatically.
  • Identify and report on a wide range of vulnerabilities using a hybrid architecture that combines network- and agent-based scanning for a complete view of the infrastructure.
  • Prioritize and remediate end points based on risk-assessment and internal policies.
  • Inventory and report on network assets including desktops, servers, routers, printers, switches, software, services and wireless access points

Rick Simonian, vice president of homeland security programs for Harris' Government Communications Systems Division, said in a statement, "Combining Harris STAT and PatchLink's complementary solutions will greatly benefit our customers. The acquisition ensures that our customers receive an even higher level of integration and technical expertise, the most complete product portfolio, and the best customer service in the industry."

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