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Automatic Workstation Security Vulnerability Detection and Notification and Solution Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021801D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 10K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A methodology to minimize end user disruption with respect to ensuring clients are protected against new viruses being deployed or weaknesses in an OS being exploited. The approach discussed herein reduces the productivity impact as well as other infrastructure burdens when dealing with the management of these kind of crises.

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Automatic Workstation Security Vulnerability Detection and Notification and Solution Management

Disclosed is a system for notifying end users of exactly what they need to do in response to a new virus outbreak, electronic 'worm' or other exploitation of an OS weakness.

Due to either new viruses being deployed or weaknesses in an OS being exploited, organizations need to communicate quickly to interested parties the risk and need for action(s) to be taken. This notification drives a tremendous amount of work onto end users by forcing them to stop, read about the issue, and take action to minimize the impact. In addition to the end users being impacted, this activity drives a significant amount of simultaneous demand on the IT Infrastructures, sometimes overwhelming them. This results in delays to the end users in obtaining both the necessary information and associated procedures to protect themselves. Also, there is the wasted effort by those end users that are already protected, yet they do not know. This adds significant workload to the already strained IT system and resource.

The present invention has a small listening application on the client system, which is always memory resident. It receives instructions from a 'trusted' centralized source application. The source application tells the client application how to check for the weakness/virus. If the weakness/virus is already protected against, a 'pop up' message would appear on the computer screen to the end...