ON Technology Helps Companies
Combat Nimda Attacks & Perform Disaster Recovery
Downloadable Software Automatically
Deploys and Installs Nimda Patches from Centralized
Servers, Delivering Substantial Time and Cost Savings
MA, October 9, 2001 - ON Technology Corporation
(Nasdaq:ONTC), a leading provider of remote software
and content management solutions, today announced a
series of free downloadable packages allowing ON Command
CCM™ users to combat Nimda attacks without physically
sending IT technicians to every PC and Web server in
Nimda is an aggressive and fast-spreading
worm/virus that attacks individual PCs as well as Microsoft
Web servers. According to security industry experts,
Nimda could ultimately infect several million machines,
with clean-up costs surpassing $500 million.
The new ON packages allow IT administrators
to remotely install Microsoft security patches on multiple
PCs and Web servers simultaneously over the network,
from centralized ON management servers, without requiring
any end-user interaction. Users can also leverage ON
Command CCM to remotely perform disaster recovery on
infected machines and protect their IT infrastructures
from attacks on an ongoing basis.
According to industry research
and advisory firm Gartner Inc, the cost of using sneakernet
to manually update an application is $150 per desktop
for a LAN-connected user and $225 per desktop for mobile
or remote users. For example, for an Internet Explorer
(IE) upgrade alone, in a typical 5,000-PC organization
with an 80/20 mixture of LAN-connected and mobile/remote
desktops, ON Command CCM delivers a substantial cost
savings of $825,000 by eliminating the need for a desktop
visit to all end-user PCs. Additional cost savings are
also realized from the deployment of Nimda patches to
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) Web servers,
from automatically rebuilding infected machines, and
from ongoing OS and application updates such as anti-virus
updates and migrations to Windows XP and Office XP.
Automated Updates &
Disaster Recovery, Plus Ongoing Protection
The new ON packages allow customers to:
update all their machines.
ON's new packages are used to automatically deploy
Microsoft security patches for IE 5.01 and 5.5, and
IIS 4.0 and 5.0, to multiple machines simultaneously.
Deployment packages for Code Red Worm patches are
also available because Nimda uses multiple different
attempts to take over IIS systems, one of which is
based on the Code Red vulnerability.
perform disaster recovery by rebuilding machines
that have been infected. ON Command CCM is the only
management system on the market that allows IT administrators
to remotely clean-up infected machines simultaneously
using the CERT-recommended approach (1. Re-format
infected drives; 2. Re-install system software; and
3. Apply all Microsoft security patches). CERT is
the national center for coordinating communication
among security experts during emergencies and helping
to prevent future incidents.
- Protect against
future security threats. ON Command CCM provides
a unique automated deployment infrastructure that
helps ensure all machines always have the latest security
patches and anti-virus updates on an ongoing basis.
"Security has come to the
forefront in the mind-set of businesses and government
organizations, and we're pleased to be doing our part
to help customers react more rapidly to these types
of threats," said Phil Neray, vice-president of
marketing. "Unfortunately, in tough economic times,
IT administrators are being asked to do more with fewer
people, making it difficult to constantly keep up with
all the latest security patches using conventional manual
approaches. Our customers tell us that automated management
solutions such as ON Command CCM are the only effective
mechanism for addressing this serious and ongoing challenge
with limited IT budgets and resources."
The Nimda deployment packages are currently available
and provided free-of-charge to ON Command CCM customers
with valid maintenance contracts. To download, visit
the Customer Support section of the ON Technology Web
About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at www.on.com or call 800-767-6638.
Gerald Kimber White
Allen & Caron Inc.
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