nCircle Partners With Microsoft to Protect Customers



    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14 /CNW/ -- nCircle, the leader in security risk and
configuration auditing solutions, today announced an agreement with Microsoft
that will provide nCircle with advanced notice of Microsoft's monthly security
bulletins to anticipate emerging threats and provide mutual customers with
more comprehensive and timely protections.
    
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    nCircle joined the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), and will
be provided with vulnerability information in advance of Microsoft's monthly
security update releases, to offer protections to customers efficiently and
effectively.  nCircle's commitment to rapid coverage for critical Microsoft
vulnerabilities has been backed by a 24-hour Service Level Agreement for over
four years.  This partnership with Microsoft will enable nCircle to provide
the highest quality detection signatures exactly at or near the time of the
monthly Microsoft patch releases, ensuring that customers can detect and
prioritize these vulnerabilities faster and more accurately than ever before
to reduce overall risk on their global networks.
    "Security is an industry-wide challenge that requires industry-wide
cooperation. With Microsoft Active Protections Program, nCircle and Microsoft
continue to show each company's commitment to industry partnerships that help
protect customers," said Tim Keanini, CTO, nCircle. "nCircle is the market
leader in providing the broadest and deepest automated vulnerability and
exposure detection, currently providing checks for over 18,000 conditions. By
receiving vulnerability information earlier, nCircle customers will benefit by
automatically discovering the latest vulnerabilities on their networks with
greater speed and accuracy reducing their window of risk."
    "Our partners share our passion for industry collaboration to protect a
world full of Internet users," said Mark Miller, director of Microsoft's
Trustworthy Computing product management. "No one company can accomplish this
by itself. That is why we are partnering with nCircle to advance and improve
security."
    For more information on MAPP, please visit http://www.ncircle.com/mapp/
or http://www.microsoft.com/security/msrc/mapp/partners.mspx
    
    About the nCircle Suite of Solutions
    
    nCircle's Suite360(TM) provides the world's most comprehensive suite of
solutions for agentless security risk and configuration auditing. nCircle's
solutions combine the broadest discovery of networked systems and their
operating systems, applications, vulnerabilities and configurations with
advanced analytics to help enterprises reduce security risk and achieve
compliance. Suite360 includes nCircle IP360(TM) for vulnerability and risk
management, nCircle WebApp360(TM) for web application vulnerability auditing,
nCircle Configuration Compliance Manager(TM) (CCM) for configuration auditing
and file integrity monitoring, nCircle Certified PCI Scan Service(TM) for on-
demand self-service PCI scanning, and nCircle Suite360 Intelligence Hub(TM)
for IT governance, risk and compliance (ITGRC) reporting and analytics.
    
    About nCircle
    
    nCircle is the leading provider of agentless security risk and
configuration auditing solutions. More than 4,000 enterprises, government
agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's solutions to
manage and reduce security risk and automate compliance on their networks.
nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction
and technology leadership.  nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA,
with regional offices throughout the USA and in London and Toronto. Additional
information about nCircle is available at http://www.ncircle.com.
    nCircle is a registered trademark of nCircle Network Security, Inc. All
other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their
respective owners.




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For further information: Shelley Boose of Media First PR,
+1-408-398-6987, for nCircle Web Site: http://www.ncircle.com

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