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ON Technology Helps Companies Combat Nimda Attacks & Perform Disaster Recovery Automatically

Downloadable Software Automatically Deploys and Installs Nimda Patches from Centralized Servers, Delivering Substantial Time and Cost Savings vs. Sneakernet

Waltham, 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 their environments.

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:

  • Instantaneously 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.
  • Automatically 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."

Pricing & Availability
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 site (www.on.com/support).

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.

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