London, UK, 14 May 2007 - GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.), a complete network vulnerability scanning, patch management and auditing solution, has been certified compatible with the Open Vulnerability Assessment Language (OVAL) standard, providing enterprise-level security functionality to the SMB market, GFI Software today announced.
According to the FBI, 90% of all network security breaches are due to software or hardware vulnerabilities. The OVAL project, which is maintained by the MITRE Corporation and sponsored by US Department of Homeland Security, is an international information-security effort set up to promote open and publicly available security content that helps administrators identify security vulnerabilities on their networks. It seeks to standardize and consolidate vulnerability knowledge across the entire spectrum of security tools and services, thus helping organizations deal with the increasing number of security and productivity threats. In fact, security experts from around the world have already contributed over 2,000 vulnerability checks to OVAL's database. Such a comprehensive list of vulnerabilities allows security administrators to identify more network vulnerabilities than ever before, putting them in a position to proactively manage threats rather than react to them.
GFI has incorporated OVAL checks as standard in GFI LANguard N.S.S., augmenting its scanning capabilities and ensuring that crucial vulnerabilities are detected without extensive administration overheads or user input required. GFI also saw the need to become OVAL-compatible to show its commitment to open standards and to help raise the bar for vulnerability assessment in the SMB marketplace.
As an OVAL-compatible security solution, GFI LANguard N.S.S. is unique in that it is one of the few products on the market providing enterprise-level security to the SMB space without increasing the price or compromising quality and ease of use.
Stay ahead of vulnerability threats
"We are very happy that one of our leading network security products, GFI LANguard N.S.S., has achieved OVAL compatibility," said Andre Muscat, Director, Network Security Products at GFI. "GFI LANguard N.S.S. addresses the three pillars of network vulnerability management through a single solution. By incorporating OVAL checks we are today offering customers technologies that assist them in securing SMB networks faster and more efficiently. Moreover, we are giving companies the ability to stay ahead of threats and proactively protect themselves before damage is done," he added.
"GFI LANguard N.S.S. is an effective way for administrators to manage security threats. As OVAL rapidly gains widespread adoption, we're committed to working with these and similar standards to ensure that network security can be managed easily in the future," Mr Muscat concluded.
GFI LANguard N.S.S. is a network vulnerability management solution that scans, detects, assesses and remediates security vulnerabilities present on a network. This award-winning solution scans the entire network, performs over 15,000 vulnerability assessments and identifies all possible security threats. When a scan is complete, GFI LANguard N.S.S. provides all the functionality and tools needed to effectively install and manage patches in all 38 languages supported by Microsoft products. All this is achieved through a single console that also provides extensive reporting functionality. Voted as the best commercial network security scanner by users of Nmap for two years running, GFI LANguard N.S.S. is the most complete vulnerability management solution in one convenient integrated package. It is an essential, cost-effective solution for businesses to safeguard their systems and networks from hacker attacks and security breaches.
For more information on GFI LANguard N.S.S. please visit: http://www.gfi.com/lannetscan/.
Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) is an international, information security, community standard to promote open and publicly available security content, and to standardize the transfer of this information across the entire spectrum of security tools and services. OVAL includes a language used to encode system details, and an assortment of content repositories held throughout the community. Representatives from a broad spectrum of industry, academia, and government organizations from around the world oversee and approve the OVAL Language and monitor the posting of the definitions hosted on the OVAL Web site. OVAL is funded by US-CERT at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.