nCircle Releases Microsoft Patch Trend Analysis

  nCircle Releases Microsoft Patch Trend Analysis

          Results help IT professionals develop 2013 resource plans

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- January 24, 2013

nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management,
today announced the results of a 36-month analysis of Microsoft patch data.
The analysis reviewed bulletins and CVEs releases and examined specific
emergency and program updates.

Key patch trend findings include:

  *IE patches increased 17% from 2011 to 2012
  *Out-of-band patches decreased by 75% from 2010 levels in 2011 and 2012
  *Total bulletin volume decreased by 17% over the last 18 months

“It’s pretty clear that Microsoft’s secure software development efforts are
paying off,” said Andrew Storms, director of IT security operations for
nCircle. “Over the last two years, Microsoft patch volume has become fairly
predictable -- a huge change from the dramatic volume swings we used to see in
2010 and the first half of 2011. Barring unforeseen changes, the patch volume
in 2013 should look a lot like 2012, which should be helpful for IT resource

For more information about nCircle’s Patch Trends Analysis, please visit:

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance
management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies
worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate
compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of
their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle
solutions may be deployed on a customer’s premises, as a cloud-based service,
or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.

nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction
and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to
work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco,
CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and
Toronto. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us

nCircle is a registered trademark of nCircle Network Security, Inc. All other
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respective owners.


Shelley Boose, 408-398-6987
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