Computer Associates (CA) is offering a free remote vulnerability assessment to current CA customers and other qualified companies until March 31, 2002. Companies with 1000 or more employees might qualify for free assessment at the discretion of a CA security consultant.
"There is a tremendous need for independent eBusiness security auditing," said Wai Wong, senior vice president of CA services. "By offering this introductory assessment for free, CA is attempting to jump-start the security re-evaluations and reinforcements that all companies should take very seriously."
Companies applying for the assessment must be in the United States or Canada. CA will conduct the vulnerability assessments using its eTrust security software and other standard security tools. The company is limiting the offer to one free assessment per organization. On completion of the assessment, CA will provide a report that details the security condition for a set of company resources. CA will issue the report in two sections: an executive summary for senior management that identifies major security risks, including probability and consequences of vulnerability exploitation, and a detailed report for the organization's security team and network administrators that details the identified vulnerabilities and recommended remedies.
"CA’s vulnerability assessment service has allowed our company to complete a solid infrastructure security audit before our end-of-year deadline without forcing us to pull technical staff away from other urgent eBusiness projects," said Greg Rubenstein, CIO of Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota, the largest administrator of dental benefits in the state. "The results of that audit have proven to be very valuable as we continue to assess and eliminate our exposure to the diverse potential threats to our electronic infrastructure, as well as satisfy the requirements of our external auditing group."
CA will provide the reports within 48 hours of completing the scans. Organizations that want to apply for the assessment may do so by visiting CA's Web site.