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nCircle Announces Patch Priority Index

PPI will be updated monthly
SAN FRANCISCO, CA— nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced the nCircle Patch Priority Index™. The free, publicly available Patch Priority Index (PPI) provides an extensively researched list that global IT security teams can use to effectively prioritize the most critical vulnerabilities for immediate remediation. The PPI is updated monthly to provide security teams the quickest, most efficient path to a more secure network.

The nCircle PPI is created by nCircle’s Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team (VERT), a group of highly skilled security research engineers that develop vulnerability and configuration checks for nCircle’s agentless auditing solutions. VERT uses a range of unique sources and reviews a variety of criteria, selecting the most severe issues that can be patched in a given month as candidates for the list. For a vulnerability to be included on the PPI list, it MUST have a patch available. VERT researches each vulnerability and ranks them using the following criteria:

Attack Vector

CVSS Score

Availability of Public Exploit Code

Popularity of the Service or Software

Customer Feedback

Worst-Case Attack Scenarios

Attack Outcome

“Deploying software patches is a complex process even for smaller organizations,” said Lamar Bailey, director of security research and development for nCircle. “Companies need deep security knowledge to identify and prioritize the software updates that will translate into the greatest security improvements. VERT’s security experts created PPI to give every business access to an up-to-date, prioritized ‘patch immediately’ list that translates directly into a more security network.”

The nCircle Patch Priority Index will be updated monthly and is publicly available to any IT security professional.

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle solutions may be deployed on a customer’s premises, as a cloud-based service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.

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. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at