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ON Technology and Shavlik Technologies, LLC Join Forces to Create Industry's First Enterprise-Class Solution for Comprehensive Patch Management & Remediation

ON iPatch to Deliver Continuous Protection & Rapid Recovery for Highly-Distributed Enterprises and Mobile Users

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Orlando, FL (October 21, 2003) – – ON Technology (NASDAQ:ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, today announced that it has agreed to enter into an OEM partnership with Shavlik Technologies, LLC, a leading security patch management provider.

As part of the agreement, Shavlik will supply its automated HFNetChk vulnerability assessment, patch installation technology, and continuously-updated security knowledge base and patch repository to ON for integration with ON iCommand™, ON Technology’s enterprise platform for centralized software deployment and configuration management.

The combined offering, ON iPatch™, will allow enterprises to automate the discovery and installation of missing security patches on thousands of computers simultaneously – including mobile and remote computers, no matter where they’re located or how they’re connected. Additionally, ON iPatch will allow organizations to rapidly recover from virus corruption without the significant cost and time delay of sending IT staff to remote locations. As a result, ON iPatch will allow organizations to cost-effectively protect business-critical systems and minimize the substantial risk of lost revenue and downtime caused by future attacks.

With over 4 million downloads, Shavlik’s HFNetChk engine is the industry standard for security patch scanning management technology. HFNetChk is also the basis of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA was developed for Microsoft by Shavlik Technologies, LLC).

The unique combination of ON iCommand with HFNetChk will create the industry’s first enterprise-class solution for comprehensive patch management and remediation. Unlike traditional patch management offerings, ON iPatch has been specifically designed for highly-distributed organizations with multiple locations, mobile users, and heterogeneous networks. By incorporating ON iCommand’s advanced bandwidth management technologies, ON iPatch will allow patch discovery and deployment to occur efficiently and securely over a range of wired and wireless networks including LANs, WANs, dial-up, and the Internet. In addition, while conventional patch management solutions typically focus exclusively on the deployment of missing patches, ON iPatch will automatically perform disaster recovery and remove viruses on corrupted systems, by leveraging powerful agents and industry-standard virus removal programs.

Finally, ON iPatch is expected to be one of the only patch management solutions to offer the flexibility of both agent-based and agent-less deployments. Agent-based solutions are significantly more robust and allow patches to be consistently deployed and correctly applied, especially in multi-network environments, while agent-less solutions are more effective for protecting corporate networks from unmanaged computers, including systems owned and controlled by external entities such as contractors and business partners.

“ON’s scalable management infrastructure and powerful remediation technology, united with Shavlik’s best-of-breed patch analysis technology, is a natural combination for us and the marketplace,” said Robert L. Doretti, Chairman, President and CEO of ON Technology. “The increased threat from viruses and worms has placed far too many companies at risk and has already resulted in millions of dollars in lost revenue and downtime. This partnership will allow us to deliver the most comprehensive patch management solution to the marketplace, and the right solution to solve this critical need for our customers.”

“Integrating real-time, automated patch management with a centralized software deployment and configuration management solution helps enterprise customers easily add patch management to the roster of tools required to secure today’s networks,” stated Mark Shavlik, President and CEO of Shavlik Technologies. “Increased dependence on networked environments has made the cost of downtime and the resulting struggle for recovery too great a risk. ON iPatch will offer customers a complete solution that protects networks before vulnerabilities can be exploited while allowing organizations to quickly recover from corruption. At the same time, it will significantly reduce the time and effort required by administrators compared to traditional manual approaches.”

Compared to recent patch management offerings from traditional software distribution (SD) and configuration management (CM) vendors, ON iPatch will provide integrated support for best-of-breed vulnerability assessment and security knowledge base technology from a recognized leader in the security arena, with a decade of experience developing and constantly enhancing its patch management solutions. Shavlik’s “deep scanning” technology is key to reliably detecting missing patches and avoiding the danger of false positives, which can be caused by less-specialized inventory scanning tools that indicate a patch has been installed when in fact it may already have been removed or superceded by a more recent version.

In addition, by leveraging advanced management functions currently available with ON iCommand, ON iPatch should solve a number of challenging problems typically not addressed by conventional SD tools. These include automated, agent-based execution of virus removal software in an offline state (“safe mode”); unattended removal of unauthorized applications such as P2P file sharing; and remote unattended disaster recovery from bare metal, for highly-corrupted systems.

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Availability and Pricing
ON iCommand is currently available and being used by customers worldwide for automated patch deployment, unattended remediation, and removal of unauthorized applications. The new ON iPatch offering, which provides additional capabilities for integrated patch scanning and analysis based on Shavlik’s core technology, is expected to be available within 90 days. Pricing is dependent upon customer configuration.

About Shavlik Technologies
Founded in 1993, Shavlik is a premier security products and solutions provider that has licensed its technology to Microsoft for use in the popular Microsoft Base Security Analyzer (MBSA) and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) SUS Feature Pack. With over 4 million downloads worldwide, Shavlik’s industry-standard HFNetChk provides a robust, detailed scanning technology that ties directly to Microsoft’s security patch XML database.

About ON iCommand
ON iCommand provides a full lifecycle management solution that allows customers to extend centralized control of their environments beyond just patch management and remediation. ON iCommand provides a single unified solution for automating and accelerating the deployment of new operating systems (such as Windows Server 2003, Pocket PC and Linux), enterprise applications (such as Oracle, Office, IIS and SAP), and other critical software updates, as well as automating the provisioning and configuration of new desktops, laptops, handhelds and servers.

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 or call 800-767-6638.


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