Help is at hand for website administrators with thousands of servers to update by the end of next week.
The clock is ticking for website administrators who have until 1st August to prepare for the next onslaught of the Code Red virus. Last Friday Code Red infected web servers around the world culminating in a coordinated attack on the White House website. Companies were unaware that their servers were being used in this attack.
Cambridge UK software vendor NPSL (www.npsl.co.uk) has launched a product that stops Code Red in its tracks. The HighOpinions WebQMS server management system automatically updates web servers with the latest Microsoft software fixes, giving peace of mind to busy I.T. support teams.
Code Red is one of a growing breed of viruses that spread through the Internet by infecting not end-user PCs, but the servers that drive the web. Traditional virus checking software is focussed on the desktop PC environment and is not designed to fend off this threat.
Microsoft in particular are quick to provide fixes, but this leaves companies reliant on the vigilance of website administrators to ensure that their servers always contain the latest software. Typically a company will have many web servers, often in different geographical locations. Keeping these machines ‘patched’ with the latest releases is a time-consuming and
“We understand that finding resource to tackle this issue is a growing problem but it is the responsibility of every company to ensure that their servers are suitably protected.”, commented HighOpinions Product Manager Richard Kirby. “WebQMS is the first tool that fully automates this process.”
Code Red highlights a concerning legal issue. The virus spreads amongst corporate servers, which it then uses to attack a target – in this case, The White House. Are companies legally liable if their systems are not maintained properly and they inadvertently become party to Internet attacks?
Internet Service Providers have already faced this challenge over unwittingly storing illegal material on their servers. Corporates would appear to be next in the high-tech legal firing line.
Notes to editors:
NPSL’s HighOpinions suite is set to become a leader in the global ASP market. The company specialises in technology and applications for SME, corporate, and reseller arenas. Founded in March 1999 and based in Cambridge UK, NPSL has matched rapid growth with the development of a highly scalable and secure ASP technology infrastructure. The company has been consistently
profitable and is entirely self-funded.
For more information, please view our corporate website at http://www.npsl.co.uk or the HighOpinions product site at http://www.highopinions.com.
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