Tripwire tightens grip on configuration changes

As the saying goes, change is good. But ... in IT it ought to happen under the strictest controls. Tripwire Enterprise 6.0 is designed to be a harsh mistress when it comes to detecting and preventing unauthorized changes, which can lead to any number of hazards, particularly the ones frowned-upon by executive and legal types. The new version of Tripwire, which was released on Monday, appears to be timed just rig

As the saying goes, change is good. But ... in IT it ought to happen under the strictest controls. Tripwire Enterprise 6.0 is designed to be a harsh mistress when it comes to detecting and preventing unauthorized changes, which can lead to any number of hazards, particularly the ones frowned-upon by executive and legal types. The new version of Tripwire, which was released on Monday, appears to be timed just right as IT outfits far and wide strive to implement a fully functional CMDB, the blueprint for how the entire IT infrastructure is structured and how the whole metasystem functions. But there's plenty of room for improvement when it comes to those shiny new CMDBs, just ask someone over at Gartner, which warned in recent a report that on the CMDB front there's tremendous room for improvement. Tripwire 6.0 now includes automated techniques to filter and classify changes, enabling IT staff to treat a change differently based on the type of system, type of change, and its level of severity. In this age of data security and segregation of duties, it's all about integrity. Stealthy monitoring, dashboard views and real-time alerts go a long way in helping to secure any loose cannons.

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