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Micromuse and TruSecure Deliver Leading IT Vulnerability Intelligence with Netcool® for Security Management™ Solution

  • 24 June, 2004 12:15

<p>Integration with TruSecure’s Vulnerability Feed™ Provides Increased Control over Infrastructure Security Risks</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia, 24 June, 2004 – Micromuse Inc. (Nasdaq: MUSE), the leading provider of ultra-scalable, realtime business and service assurance software, announced enhancements to its Netcool® for Security Management™ solution, which now provides integration with TruSecure's vulnerability feed information for greater visibility of IT security breaches and overall risk to the business. Combining security event data and vulnerability data allows organisations to take greater control over identifying and managing security threats, and improves their ability to address and avoid potential violations in realtime.</p>
<p>“The combination of security information management tools and vulnerability intelligence is highly complementary and provides organisations with a multi-pronged approach to becoming more effective with regard to managing threats,” said Charles Kolodgy, Research Director for Security Products at IDC. “In addition, vulnerability intelligence solutions enable organisations to proactively manage potential problems, for example by preemptively applying software patches on host machines before a virus becomes widespread.”</p>
<p>The Netcool for Security Management solution collects, consolidates and de-duplicates information about security events and correlates this data with known vulnerabilities from TruSecure’s vulnerability information database in realtime. Integration with TruSecure’s comprehensive database of known vulnerabilities and malicious code enables operations staff to proactively monitor emerging threats, identify the severity of incoming security alerts, and access workflow policies and critical information to resolve problems quickly. In the case of an active threat, TruSecure’s continuous feed of vulnerability information delivers threat ratings based on urgency, credibility and severity, so that the organisation understands how to prioritise the threat relative to other threats. Additionally, the integrated solution provides a common interface from which to monitor and manage all events, coupled with detailed vulnerability information including symptoms exhibited and IP ports affected, and information to repair vulnerabilities including short-term fixes and permanent patches.</p>
<p>“In the world of monitoring and managing security devices, the missing link has been up-to-date vulnerability information to prioritise which threats to address first,” said Andy Hunn, Director of Channels and Business Development, TruSecure Corporation. “Our integration of TruSecure’s security intelligence into Netcool for Security Management brings together realtime security event information with continuously updated intelligence. Administrators can now easily prioritise their tasks and substantially reduce their exposure to potential threats.”</p>
<p>“We are excited to be announcing the integration between Netcool for Security Management and TruSecure’s vulnerability feed; the solution is a natural complement to our customers’ existing security framework,” said Craig Farrell, Micromuse CTO. “The combined technology is helping organisations to improve network integrity and to enhance the protection of their critical business systems.”</p>
<p>AVAILABILITY</p>
<p>Availability, pricing information, analyst and customer references, and screen shots are available upon request. Additionally, for a limited time Micromuse is offering a special promotional price for the Netcool for Security Management solution. For orders placed between 1st April, 2004 and 30th September, 2004, customers can receive a discount on the new Netcool for Security Management Vulnerability Option Pack, which includes a year-long subscription for TruSecure’s XML-based threat and vulnerability intelligence feed and a special purpose Netcool/Impact™ DSA to retrieve the data from TruSecure. Register for this promotion at: www.micromuse.com/security/promo/</p>
<p>ABOUT MICROMUSE</p>
<p>Micromuse Inc. (Nasdaq: MUSE) is the leading provider of realtime business and service assurance software solutions. The Netcool® software suite provides organisations with the assurance that their IT systems are supporting and driving profits 24 hours a day. Unlike traditional infrastructure management systems, Netcool solutions provide realtime end-to-end visibility and accurate troubleshooting from a business perspective. Such business intelligence allows organisations to respond to problems quickly, streamline workflow processes and improve business uptime. Globally, Micromuse customers include BT, Cable &amp; Wireless, Deutsche Telekom, EarthLink, GE Appliances, ITC^DeltaCom, J.P. Morgan Chase, MCI, T-Mobile and Verizon. Micromuse’s customers in Australia include Telstra Global Operations Centre, British Telecom Global Services - Asia Pacific, and Ericsson Australia - Network Operations Centre. Sydney is the regional headquarters for Micromuse Asia Pacific and includes sales, technical support and the administrative functions for the region. Micromuse is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information go to www.micromuse.com</p>
<p>ABOUT TRUSECURE CORPORATION</p>
<p>TruSecure is the leading provider of intelligent risk management and compliance products and services. TruSecure dramatically improves security and reduces risk by helping organisations make better security decisions and maximising the effectiveness of existing security people, processes and products. Leveraging TruSecure’s vast security knowledge and intelligence gathering resources — including ICSA Labs®, the global leader in information security product certification — as well as innovative technology and time-tested processes, our customers can predict which vulnerabilities present real risk, prioritise remediation efforts, quickly adapt to changes in the security threatscape, measure progress in improving their security posture, and document compliance with applicable security policies, standards and regulations.</p>
<p>Headquartered in Herndon, VA, TruSecure Corporation has offices in North and Central America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Our customer-proven solutions are used by more than 700 organisations worldwide.</p>
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<p>Factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include: fluctuations in customer demand; the Company's ability to manage its growth (including the ability to hire sufficient sales and technical personnel); risks associated with the expansion of the Company's distribution channels; risk of new product introductions and customer acceptance of new products; rapid technological change which characterises the Company's markets; risks associated with competition; risks associated with international sales; and the ability of the Company to compete successfully in the future; as well as risks relating to pending litigation, the completed restatement of certain of our financial statements, and other matters appearing under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available on the Company's website. The Company disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements.</p>
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