Shavlik Technologies Releases Agent-Based Security Patch Management Solution

St. Paul, Minn. (June 30, 2004) - Shavlik Technologies, LLC (, a leading security software and services provider, today announced the commercial availability of its Shavlik Security Agents security patch management solution. The agent-based application gives network administrators the option to roll out patches via agents for customer applications that require them.

The majority of networks today are well-served with agentless patch management, and agentless solutions continue to grow in popularity for many reasons: rapid deployment, low acquisition cost, low ongoing maintenance, minimal performance overhead, and a low total cost of ownership.

However, some applications respond better with an agent-based solution. Machines required to reside in a demilitarized zone (DMZ), mobile users and disconnected or inactive machines can be better served by agent technology, which collects and computes information locally, then transmits data to a central server or network console. Agents can also be important when administrators need to minimize information transmitted to the server or decrease overall network traffic.

Shavlik HFNetChkPro agentless solution protects machines permanently installed or newly introduced to the network; the new agent-based Shavlik Security Agents is designed for the hard-to-reach places on networks.

With Shavlik Security Agents, either the application's agent or the server can initiate patch communications. Each computer can periodically poll the patch server, or the server can scan computers for new updates. This allows for effective patching of mobile users and ensures a higher degree of patch accuracy in environments where machines are not continuously connected to the network.

Shavlik Security Agents can be purchased as a stand alone agent-only product or can be used in conjunction with Shavlik HFNetChkPro 4.3 to provide customers with both agent-based and agentless products that utilize Shavlik's widely used Shavlik HFNetChk security patch engine.

About Shavlik Technologies, LLC Shavlik Technologies helps information technology managers and administrators manage computer system security including assessment, security scanning and remediation of security vulnerabilities due to missing patches, weak accounts and passwords. For more information, visit

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