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phorner Secunia Small Business Beta is EoL? Alternatives?
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I just heard from Secunia's Swiss distribution partner that the development of Secunia Small Business Beta has been stopped.
As a beta user it would have been nice to be informed by Secunia themselves!

Does anybody know of an alternative for a small company (approx. 25 computers) which does not want a full-blown patch management system linke Secunia CSI. Our main focus is to get an overview of programmes (and the versions of these programmes) installed on the client computers. Updates are generally installed by the users themselves.

Maurice Joyce RE: Secunia Small Business Beta is EoL? Alternatives?
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I too have been testing SMB for Secunia from the onset. I note they failed to answer your posted query on this subject two months ago.

Not really surprising - Secunia have a legendary reputation for not communicating with anyone or anything.

For that reason I will not be writing an email to them to get clarification. Have you done that?

I note all the SMB links are still working & my console appears to be OK. Is yours still operational?

I am not sure if these links will help find an alternative for you. Real "big hitters" in the security market so unsure if they exactly meet your requirements.

http://www.gfi.com/products-and-solutions/all-prod...

https://www.qualys.com/

http://www.csis.dk/en/business/heimdal/

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Hi Maurice,

yes, the Secunia Small Business console is still working. The Swiss distribution partner said that the console will stay operational. But I guess that sooner or later they will also discontinue the console.

Actually, the SMB links on Secunia's hompage do not work any more. They are redirected to Secunia CSI!

I have not contacted Secunia directly yet, but I will do so.
I will post the reply here if I get any...

Thanks for the links to possible other patch management solutions. I will have a look at them.
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Anthony Wells RE: Secunia Small Business Beta is EoL? Alternatives?
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Hi ,

I get the impression that the new management will let their non- commercial/non-profitable products run when they do not cost too much (??) to maintain but that development will be at zero .

OSI ran onto the rocks , the PSI 2.x is pretty stable but version 3.x and the SPS installers are highly variable and idiosyncratic - maybe less so in xSI . So if it works for you on your home PC and you do not need "Support" other than Maurice - the recent MSXML bushfire is a classic and likely to be repeated - then good luck to you . xSi could go on "for ever" especially if you do not rely on "auto-updating" but have the "prompt" ; best have a back up .

Question will be whether an EOL Secunia product will be targeted by the bad guys ?? Is it a big enuff market for them ??

EDIT : here is another list of interesting products :-

http://www.windowsecurity.com/software/Patch-Manag...

I remember Shavlik when it was a freebie and I liked it : F-Secure used to have a good product as well .

Oh well , take care :))

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Maurice Joyce RE: Secunia Small Business Beta is EoL? Alternatives?
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@phorner

I have prevented this thread from auto locking in the hope that Secunia Support has offered you some explanation?

Not surprisingly there is no information on the subject here:

http://secunia.com/company/blog_news/?utm_campaign...

PSI is still being offered as a BETA programme here:

https://secunia.com/products/consumer/compare/

All a bit confusing!

EDIT - see this thread for an update by the originator - https://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/15...




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