FAIRFAX, Va., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patch Tuesday, which most recently occurred yesterday, is the periodic security event where Microsoft issues bulletins to fix known security flaws in Windows-related software and applications, such as Office and Internet Explorer.
Over the past six months, Norman has discovered and reported several Windows kernel vulnerabilities that potentially could be leveraged by attackers to fully compromise a system and leave users open to serious cyber attacks. Kernel security research is vital because kernel vulnerabilities affecting core operating system components are very hard to detect and defend against.
While Windows vulnerabilities receive wide attention, Norman security experts warn that IT administrators in enterprises, government and SMB should also focus on patch management involving all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, MacOS, Sun Solaris and HP. And rapid, accurate and secure patch management should be used for the popular applications from Microsoft, Adobe and Apple.
Unpatched operating systems and applications often result in expensive losses and damage. Nearly two dozen software vulnerabilities are discovered each day (http://www.norman.com/products/patch_remediation/en-us), so IT departments need to make patching a top priority.
Norman, a leading security company offering products protecting government and enterprise and SMB networks and consumer desktops, offers the leading Norman Patch and Remediation solution.
"IT departments should make patch and remediation a priority," said Audun Lodemel, vice president, Norman Marketing, "Remember to look into all your OS platform and applications vulnerabilities, not just focus on Microsoft issues around Patch Tuesday."
For more information on Norman Patch and Remediation, and other vulnerability management solutions, please visit http://www.norman.com/products/.
To learn more about security issues related to Windows kernel vulnerabilities research, follow Norman researcher Tarjei Mandt on Twitter, @kernelpool.
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