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U Texas System Deploys Configuresoft Apps for Security Compliance

The University of Texas (UT) System has selected Configuresoft's Enterprise Configuration Manager (ECM) and Configuration Intelligence Analytics (CIA) to be made available to all UT institutions, including nine universities and six health institutions. The cross-platform deployment will enable UT institutions to establish and ensure ongoing compliance with current and future IT configuration and security protocols across Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and other Unix platforms.

"Configuration management is a cornerstone strategy for improving information security across the UT System," said Lewis Watkins, chief information security officer with the UT System.

The applications will enable UT institutions to collect detailed configuration data from every Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS workstation and server on the network. ECM provides comprehensive data collection and auditing capability and consolidates the information in a configuration management database (CMDB) for access, analysis, and reporting.

"Security configuration management tools combine vulnerability assessment, patch management, automated remediation, and configuration compliance capabilities. They give organizations the ability to assess system configurations against known vulnerabilities and desired corporate compliance policies and take the appropriate actions," said David Friedlander, senior analyst for Forrester. "The best tools allow a seamless transition from assessment to configuration and remediation."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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