Enterprises Seek Protection with Marimba Security Patch Management

2/12/2004 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA) announced growing momentum in sales of its security patch management solution. AP Moeller, Catholic Health Care West, Experian, GE Capital Global Consumer Finance, NVIDIA, PNC Bank, and a U.S. Department of Defense agency, among others, selected Marimba's Patch Management solution in 2003. These companies chose Marimba to manage and distribute critical security patches and application updates to prevent and remediate security attacks on browsers, data center servers, point-of-sale systems, ATMs, applications, and other computer systems.

According to Meta Group, the collective number of security and software fixes released in 2003 reached a never-before-seen level. During 2004, IT organizations are expected to continue to be flooded with a similar - if not greater - number of patches, putting the onus on security and operations staff to implement an effective patch-management process. For most organizations, current patch-management processes are ad hoc and manual at best, which typically exposes the corporation to security vulnerabilities and drains limited IT resources. However, by 2005, Meta estimates 40 percent of IT organizations will have implemented dedicated patch-management processes and point solutions on their servers, with that number growing to 75 percent and including servers, desktops, and laptops by 2007*.

Marimba Patch Management Solution
Used with Marimba® Six, Marimba Patch Management can quickly detect vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures. With its unique policy management capabilities, Marimba enables IT administrators to capture a patch policy across dynamic groupings of patch targets. Marimba then helps ensure compliance against the patch policies by automatically packaging and deploying required patches and fixes to desktops, laptops, servers, and devices - including distributed and mobile end-points - across any size enterprise.

"Managing security and protecting IT assets has become a priority for enterprise customers," said Purnima Padmanabhan, Marimba's director of product management. "Enterprises have to be vigilant about maintaining the integrity of their IT infrastructures as the need for security patches become more frequent. Using Marimba to automate the patch management process, our customers can streamline the delivery and installation of security patches and anti-virus updates to help protect against costly and damaging viruses."

About Marimba
Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA) is a leading provider of products and services for software change and configuration management. Marimba helps leading organizations worldwide to dynamically manage and protect their IT assets, increase operational efficiency, and reduce IT costs. Marimba is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Visit for more information.

Marimba is a registered trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries.

* Meta Group research: "Patch Management: Building the Process", M. Vanston, Nov. 2003.

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