Secunia Becomes Microsoft’s First Vulnerability Security Alliance Partner

On July 11th, 2013, Secunia announced that the company has become the very first vulnerability security alliance partner for the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) Program. Secunia, already a member of the Microsoft System Center Alliance program, adds participation in the MTC as a means to work with Microsoft to create and drive joint initiatives and offerings and to help deliver a more complete customer solution.

Secunia has an interesting history. Originally just a reporting mechanism for known vulnerabilities, Secunia eventually developed a plug-in for System Center Configuration Manager that manages security updates from Microsoft. From one console, the Secunia plug-in provides more robust features than is included with ConfigMgr alone, but more importantly, provides patching capability for 3rd party (or non-Microsoft) patches. Per the Secunia Vulnerability Review from 2013, non-Microsoft applications present the greatest threat to the Enterprise, with 86% of the 1,137 vulnerabilities discovered in the Top 50 programs on private PCs in 2012.

The Vulnerability Review was recently highlighted during Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, TX:

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You can read more about the Secunia ConfigMgr 2012 plug-in here:  Secunia SC 2012 Plugin

Secunia has also provided a whitepaper, detailing the plug-in.  You can download there from this link:  Whitepaper – Non-MS Patching with SCCM

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