Who are the top ten software companies in the world? And how can you find their security updates?
The first one is a tough question to answer because, for example, one of the lists you’ll find online includes Ericsson in it’s top ten. For our purposes that’s not very useful as not many enterprises run its wares, even though lots of carries probably shell out plenty of dough for its products.
Instead, we’ve compiled a list of the ten companies whose products you’re most likely to use in your enterprise, and in this story bring you links to their pages that offer the most information about, and access to, new security issues they plan to address.
Almost every organisation runs something from Microsoft, and the company has had to develop very sophisticated tools to disperse patches and fixes. You can find a wealth of information here at its TechNet service. The company’s TechNet blogs also have some useful information.
IBM’s Support Portal is the place to start looking for its most recent fixes. Its DeveloperWorks site also lists security bulletins for each of its products. Here, for example, is its list for Lotus products.
SAP’s Technical Resources page offers links galore
HP’s Patch Database requires registration to use, but offers a resource that includes “patches that apply to keywords and platforms of your choice.”
It’s tricky to find a single page on Symantec’s site that lists all new security-related downloads, but its Enterprise Support page is a good place to start finding information about the products you use. Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT) also looks a handy resource.
Adobe makes it easy to find its security downloads, on its bulletins and advisories page.
We know you’re almost certainly not running any Cisco apps, but the company has long-said its secret sauce is software, not boxen with blinkenlights. And this Security Intelligence Operations page is just plain excellent.
BMC rounds out our top ten and, with its “Product Downloads, Patches, and Fixes” page, does so in easy-to-use style.
This was first published in March 2011