CA unveils subscription vulnerability detection service

Computer Associates International Inc. launched eTrust Managed Vulnerability Service Tuesday, a subscription-based service to help businesses detect vulnerabilities and fix them.

The new service is now available at a cost of US$80 per network node per year for 5,000 nodes.

Rich Ptak, an analyst at Ptak Noel and Associates in Boston, said the service appears to be unique in the industry because it will provide businesses with the ability to co-manage network vulnerabilities.

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. plans to adopt the service as soon as possible for 35,000 users globally, according to Alain Paquette, group infrastructure manager at Montreal-based Bombardier. He said it makes sense for Bombardier to use the CA service since the company already has a full range of CA products.

Having access to vulnerability experts at CA will free up Bombardier's IT team to work on other long-term activities, Paquette said.

Rick Evans, senior vice president of communications and technology at Neways International in Springville, Utah, said he too plans to use the service to free up his team for other projects, even as he keeps some control of essential security functions.

CA matched the announcement of the new service with an announcement of a new security appliance, the eTrust Vulnerability Manager r8, to be used for vulnerability assessment, patch and configuration management, compliance analysis and automated remediation.

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