Netcordia's NetMRI network change andconfiguration management product can now automatically issuesecurity and compliance reports that can be monitored daily by CFOsand CIOs. The latest version 2.4 uses the platform's automatedanalysis of network information to create standardized, pass/failreports on compliance with payment card industry (PCI) securitystandards. The new version also generates ISO 27002 reportsvalidating information security management required by theSarbanes-Oxley, Health Information Protection andGramm-Leach-Bliley acts.

A daily PDF of the reports can be sent to senior executives,says Don Pyle, NetCordia's CEO. “Analysis would run throughout theday on what's happening in the network, and after 24 hours would berolled up and distributed to recipients as well as maintained in adatabase,” Pyle says.

Real-time alerts are included. “If anyone tries to change policyfor a network device that was unauthorized, a notification would besent to the administrator identifying who it was,” Pyle says. Inaddition, reports on network health provide users with a 1-to-10performance rating based on the severity and frequency of networkproblems. “We're reporting on the stability and the correctness ofa network for routing, switching, security, VLANs and wirelessdomains,” says Pyle.

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