At the RSA conference, Secunia debuted a new version of their security inpection software designed for small business networks.  Their PSI product for home users has also been an excellent tool to ensure all software is up-to-date on security patches

QUOTE: Software isn’t perfect. Any browser, application, or operating system has holes that can allow malefactors to penetrate your security. When a new vulnerability comes to light, vendors scramble to release a patch. If you don’t apply those patches, your PC is likely to fall victim to the attack. As I’ve reported before, the free Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a great way to check for unpatched products and, in many cases, automatically apply needed patches. At the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Secunia announced a version aimed at small businesses, as well as an inspector for Android devices.


Morten R. Stengaard, Secunia’s Director of Product Management and Quality Assurance, demonstrated a beta version of Secunia Small Business. From a simple central console, you can push installation of PSI to all of the company computers. Once PSI is in place, you can launch scans, evaluate results, and enforce patching.  The computers don’t have to be on the same network, and you can enable administrative control for up to five devices at no cost. Secunia hasn’t yet settled on a price for devices after the free five, but Maria Eriksen-Jensen, VP of Business Development and Marketing, said it would be less than five dollars per month.

“There’s sophisticated technology behind this product,” said Stengaard, “but from the user’s point of view it’s plain, simple, and automatic. Going forward we plan to add notifications, so you can learn about a critical problem without having to log in.  Secunia Small Business is available now as a public beta, free for anyone to try. During the beta period, you can connect with up to the maximum of 50 PCs at no cost. Release is expected in the second quarter.