Marimba Demonstrates Security Patch Management Solution at FOSE

3/19/2004 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA) will demonstrate its new Security Patch Management solution at FOSE 2004. FOSE is the nation's largest technology trade show and conference for government professionals, and is expected to draw nearly 20,000 attendees to the Washington, D.C., Convention Center on March 23-25, 2004.

In booth 2437, Marimba will demonstrate its next-generation Security Patch Management solution, which helps IT organizations mitigate security problems and substantially reduce the cost of patching systems. It also helps large government agencies prevent costly and damaging cyber attacks with features such as intelligent and dynamic patch management, prioritization, and deployment across major computing platforms. Marimba's Security Patch Management solution combines dynamic path intelligence with an enterprise-class deployment infrastructure, and automates patch policy enforcement, enabling enterprises to strategically protect IT assets.

Implementation of Dedicated Patch Management Solutions to Grow Dramatically
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 organizations 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 Six Named Finalist for GCN 'Best New Technology Awards' at FOSE
Marimba® Six, the company's flagship offerings for software change and configuration management, has been named a finalist in the Enterprise Systems Software category of the Government Computer News "Best New Technology Awards" at FOSE. Marimba Six provides dynamic control of heterogeneous IT resources and a scalable, secure way to cost-effectively manage clients, servers, applications, and operating systems.

"We considered more than 100 products for this year's awards," said John Breeden II, lab director for Government Computer News. "We had some tough choices to make, and the products ultimately chosen as finalists are the cream of the crop in terms of innovation, specifications, features, and overall value."

About FOSE 2004
Now in its 28th year, FOSE is the largest and the longest running event for government professionals, and is the biggest resource for the latest in government technology and education. For more information, visit

About Marimba
Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA) is a leading provider of products and services for software change and configuration management. Marimba helps enterprises 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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