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nCircle Benchmark Adds Premium Edition Metrics Packs For Vulnerability Management And Configuration Auditing

Cloud-based industry benchmarking solution enables customers to compare metrics by industry, company size, geography and assets under management to industry peers
SAN FRANCISCO—February 14, 2011—nCircle, the leader in automated security and compliance auditing solutions, today announced new Premium Editions of nCircle Benchmark Vulnerability Management and Configuration Auditing Metrics Packs. nCircle Benchmark is the world’s first cloud-based security and compliance benchmarking service that enables organizations to compare the performance of their entire IT security ecosystem against their own goals and the performance of industry peers.

nCircle Benchmark Premium Metrics Packs for Vulnerability Management and Configuration Auditing build on the functionality included in the Basic Editions that are available now and free to all users. The Premium Editions add multiple metrics and scorecards and also enable users to compare their results to their peers by industry, company size, geography and assets under management, providing critical insight into the performance of their security and configuration auditing practices.

The Premium Editions include licenses for up to 25 users and store up to 12 months of metrics history. Premium users also have optional access to nCircle Benchmark’s Metrics Design Studio, a tool that enables users to customize and design their own metrics and scorecards.

The Premium Metrics Packs add a wide range of new scorecards to those included in the Basic Edition:

The Premium Edition of the Compliance Auditing Metrics Pack adds:

* Average Percent Compliance by Policy * Average Risk Score by Host * Most Commonly Used Policies * Overall Percentage of Compliance * Percentage of Systems Changed from Last Scan * Policies with Greatest Percentage of Compliance Failure

The Premium Edition of the Vulnerability Management Metrics Pack adds:

* Distribution by Vulnerability ID * Hosts With No Vulnerabilities * Hosts With Severe Vulnerabilities * Most Common High Severity Vulnerabilities * Most Common Vulnerabilities * Vulnerability Scan Schedule Distribution * Vulnerabilities by Type * Vulnerabilities by Port * Hosts Exempt from Vulnerability Scanning * Hosts Scanned within Policy * Mean Age of Open Tickets * Mean Time to Close a Ticket * Open Tickets by Month Created * Percentage of Hosts Scanned * Percentage of Vulnerable Hosts

“The premium edition delivers the full power and flexibility of nCircle Benchmark to users, allowing them to create and customize their own assessments and uniquely tune their performance measurement programs. It also allows users to incorporate benchmarking as a key component of all monitoring and communications programs,” said Jim Acquaviva, Vice President of Product Strategy at nCircle. “The expanded Benchmark Metrics enable organizations to compare their results to organizations with similar characteristics, such as company size and industry. Our expanded set of metrics and scorecards make it possible for companies to drill down into the detailed metrics that are most important to them. We’ve found that once users start incorporating benchmarks into their security assessments and communications, the information quickly becomes indispensible.”

nCircle Benchmark is available now. The Basic Edition is free and the Premium Edition of each Metrics Pack is available for $3,300 per month.

The Basic and Premium Metrics Packs for Vulnerability Management and Configuration Auditing are both available for nCircle Suite360 customers today, with support for additional vendors coming soon. Antivirus and Endpoint Protection Basic Metrics Pack is available for McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 4.0 – 4.5 and Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 customers today.

Hundreds of additional scorecards are planned for upcoming Metrics Packs, including Patch Management, Identity and Access Management, Endpoint Encryption, Event Management and Incident Response, and Network Protection. These products, as well as adapters for most major security vendors, will be rolling out over the next 90 days. An Enterprise Edition that includes the complete nCircle Benchmark catalog will also be available soon.

To get started, simply visit https://benchmark.ncircle.com/ to create an account, download and connect the appropriate nCircle Benchmark Metrics Engine. Within minutes customers can be viewing metrics and scorecards of their security performance and comparing results to a benchmark of their peers.

For more information, please visit the nCircle.com website.

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nCircle Benchmark Antivirus and Endpoint Protection Metrics Pack - Available Now

Free cloud-based tools objectively measure and benchmark security and compliance against industry peers

SAN FRANCISCO—February 14, 2011— nCircle, the leader in automated security and compliance auditing solutions, today announced the availability of nCircle Benchmark Antivirus and Endpoint Protection (AVEPP) Basic Metrics Pack, the third Metrics Pack to be released this month. nCircle Benchmark is the world’s first cloud-based security and compliance benchmarking service that enables organizations to compare the performance of their entire IT security ecosystem against their own goals and the performance of industry peers. All nCircle Benchmark Basic Edition Metrics Packs are free to all users.

The new AVEPP Metrics Pack enables customers to objectively evaluate antivirus and endpoint security across the enterprise, delivering actionable information on performance and compliance in those domains. Using objective, fact-based metrics, nCircle Benchmark consistently and reliably monitors the effectiveness of critical antivirus and intrusion detection processes. The AVEPP Metrics Pack is available to all McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 4.0 – 4.5 and Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 customers today, with Data Adapters for additional antivirus and endpoint protection vendors available soon.

The nCircle Benchmark AVEPP Basic Metrics Pack features at-a-glance visual scorecards that help organizations compare their performance against industry peers, and includes:

* Most Targeted Ports * Alert Distribution by Severity * Average Virus Definition Age * Distribution of Virus Events by Severity * Virus Remediation Activity * Auto-Remediated Viruses by Severity * Auto-Remediated Critical Viruses

“The availability of the Antivirus and Endpoint Protection Metrics Pack represents the first in a series of deliverables that extends nCircle Benchmark beyond the nCircle suite of applications to the entire security and compliance eco-system,” said Jim Acquaviva, Vice President of Product Strategy at nCircle. “Each nCircle Benchmark Metrics Pack is packed with market proven metrics and scorecards that are ready to connect to the user’s security infrastructure. Within an hour users can be reviewing results and comparing them with industry benchmarks.”

nCircle Benchmark is Free and Available Now

nCircle Benchmark offers a broad range of visual scorecards, grouped as Metrics Packs. In addition to the Antivirus and Endpoint Protection Basic Metrics Pack, Vulnerability Management and Configuration Auditing Basic and Premium Metrics Packs are available now. Additional Metrics Packs for Patch Management, Identity and Access Management, Endpoint Encryption, Event Management and Incident Response and Network Protection will be available soon.

Metrics packs are offered in four configurations: Basic, Standard, Premium and Enterprise. The Basic edition of every nCircle Benchmark Metrics Pack is free. The Enterprise Pack includes the complete nCircle Benchmark catalog. Also available now is the optional nCircle Benchmark Metrics Design Studio, a tool that enables users to customize and design their own metrics and scorecards.

About nCircle nCircle is the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. More than 5,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive solutions to manage and reduce security risk and achieve compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Additional information about nCircle is available at 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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