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Kace Upgrades Endpoint Security Product

Includes patching as a base component of its appliance PC life cycle management offering

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. " Dec. 8, 2009 " KACE, the leading systems management appliance company, now offers expanded security capabilities for addressing new vulnerabilities with integrated endpoint security support for Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6, including easily automated patching of key client applications, along with additional international language support that includes simplified Chinese and Japanese. KACE is the only vendor to include patching as a base component of an appliance PC life cycle management offering, delivering the most comprehensive integrated security solution to enterprises of all sizes.

Recent research shows malware attacks for 2009 peaked in October, a four-fold increase over the previous month. As the number of vulnerabilities increase and shift from the OS to applications, the challenge of keeping client-side software patched in a timely and effective manner is becoming increasingly difficult for IT organizations. To keep end users protected, application vendors are releasing ever-growing waves of patches, and some are doing so on Microsoft's notorious "Patch Tuesday." For many organizations, patching clients effectively and reliably is becoming a time-consuming and never-ending process, demanding a robust and dynamic infrastructure to ensure protection. With expanded patch management and fully automated detection and remediation, the KBOX family of systems management appliances helps organizations of all sizes stay ahead of incoming patch updates and ensure client security.

"The record number of cyber threats, along with the growing severity these threats pose underscore the need for vigorous protection of computer endpoints which are increasingly among the most vulnerable in a network," said Rob Meinhardt, co-founder and CEO of KACE. "The KACE approach is designed to dramatically simplify the patching process while at the same time ensuring customers automatically receive the most up-to-date patches saving IT administrators time and their organizations money."

Highlights of KACE's strengthened integrated endpoint security solution include:

* Broadened patch coverage depth " KBOX patch management now includes support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Mac OS 10.6 and a wide range of Microsoft, Apple and third-party applications; * Extended international language support for Japanese and simplified Chinese patch support for Windows; * Easy automated patching policies " critical patches are automatically released and can be applied across highly complex and distributed IT environments without the need for manual intervention, minimizing vulnerability remediation response times and always keeping systems up to date * Dynamic group policies " the KBOX appliance-based approach utilizes dynamic group policies for patch management integrated with inventory, assets and software distribution capabilities, enabling customers to efficiently maintain a broad endpoint security footprint.

"What has changed in the last few years is while organizations were ramping up their protection methods for their operating systems, the hackers have found a new fertile ground for attack " the application layer " to launch botnets, malware, blended threats and cyber attacks," said Rich Hlavka, senior vice president of business development for Lumension. "While enterprises have large numbers of IT staff to proactively combat these new threats, SMBs are challenged with remaining agile while building a defensive and in-depth approach with limited budget and resources. KACE offers a unique approach and business value, allowing organizations to optimize endpoint security while staying ahead of threats. KACE's out-of-the box, comprehensive vulnerability management solution, which includes leading patch management capabilities from Lumension' Patch and Remediation, is easy to use and offers depth and breadth of coverage and protection for all major applications and operating systems."

Join KACE and Lumension for a free webinar titled, "Avoid the Patch Tuesday Wipeout: Ride the Endpoint Patching Wave," being held on Tuesday, December 15 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. Attendees will learn how a broad, reliable and easy-to-use implementation of patching can quickly and cost-effectively secure your organization. To register, go to: http://www.kace.com/resources/Avoid-Patch-Tuesday-Wipeout.

KACE saves its customers both time and money. Systems managers are increasingly forced to wear many hats throughout the day to work on a myriad of IT functions. KACE helps consolidate these functions by providing a single appliance for all projects, while delivering easy-to-use, comprehensive systems management that is affordable. The KBOX family of systems management and deployment appliances fulfills all of the systems management needs of an enterprise, from initial computer deployment to ongoing management and retirement.

About KACE KACE is the leading systems management appliance company. The award-winning KBOX family of appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive systems management capabilities. KACE customers usually install in one day and enjoy the lowest total cost compared to software alternatives.

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