GFI Software Addresses Patch and Mobile Device Management

GFI Software today launched the latest edition of VIPRE Business, which for the first time provides small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with access to a single solution for antivirus, patch management and Mobile Device Management (MDM), all while maintaining its small footprint.

The newest version of VIPRE Business Premium addresses several of the most pressing security challenges facing administrators today, most notably vulnerabilities in third-party software products, which according to the GFI Malware Response Team, account for up to 75 per cent of malware and virus infections that compromise SMB networks.

“VIPRE Business Premium’s patch management has allowed us to push out over 600 individual patches to nearly 200 machines in just a few days,” says Chad Skinner, IT manager at Lehi City Corporation. “This exponentially increases the overall security of our computers and frees up IT personnel to perform other important tasks.”

SMBs are also facing the challenge of managing disparate mobile devices running multiple operating systems, creating new issues and security concerns that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Gartner, Inc. recently predicted that through 2017, 90 per cent of enterprises will have two or more mobile operating systems to support, leading 65 per cent of companies to adopt MDM to address security concerns related to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.1 Malware writers have noticed and are actively crafting threats to exploit this new attack vector.

VIPRE Business addresses these challenges by enabling administrators to centrally manage antivirus protection for PCs, Macs and Android devices as well as mobile security for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets. VIPRE Business Premium also includes integrated patch management, a firewall, a malicious website blocker and an anti-phishing filter. VIPRE’s new patch management feature in the Premium version automatically finds and applies updates to out-of-date software. It also displays the status of Windows Updates on each computer, and can turn on Windows Updates to keep the operating system fully up to date.

“One of the most dreaded parts of my job is disturbing my users. If there’s any way I can avoid costly interruptions, I become ecstatic,” says Michael Ruf, IT manager at Interstate Cold Storage. “After testing the beta version, VIPRE Business Premium actually works the way automatic updates should. It gives us true background updating with no restarts, installation wizards, or pop-ups.”

“Our customers pleaded with us to avoid becoming a bloatware producer, like so many other vendors in this space. We really took that to heart and added these new capabilities to VIPRE while at the same time actually speeding up the underlying engine,” said Mark Patton, general manager of the Security Business Unit at GFI Software. “The feedback has been incredible, and by automating patch management and MDM in a central console, we’re enabling IT administrators to not only maximise their own efficiency, but that of their users as well.”

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