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Opsware Goes OVAL

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Opsware Inc. (NASDAQ:OPSW), the leading provider of Data Center Automation software, today announced compatibility certification with Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL), based on Opswares ability to convert OVAL information alerts into actionable policies distributed to customers by The Opsware Network, Opsware’s compliance and vulnerability subscription service.

OVAL is an international information security community standard to promote open and publicly available security content, and to standardize the transfer of this information across the entire spectrum of security tools and services. The Opsware Network supports and publishes OVAL vulnerability definitions, and within 24 hours can generally translate the vulnerability advisories into actionable policies that integrate seamlessly into the Opsware Server Automation System. This powerful and proactive approach to security enables customers to eliminate security gaps within and protect servers from outside threats that could potentially wreak havoc on a customer’s business.

Opsware automates what has traditionally been a manual process for managing vulnerabilities that impact today’s IT organization and that is typically sourced by individual feeds from multiple data sources. This effort is tedious, time-consuming, and can often result in a costly and compromised IT environment. Through support of the OVAL platform, Opsware leverages the power of the OVAL community to ensure a thorough, complete and accurate understanding of emerging threats and vulnerabilities that impact today’s IT environments. Opsware currently supports 1,816 OVAL vulnerability definitions which cover 1,145 vulnerabilities.

“OVAL is committed to providing security experts with a common language to discuss the technical details of how to maintain consistent, secure systems,” said Andrew Buttner, MITRE Senior INFOSEC Engineer and OVAL Compatibility Lead. “The OVAL Compatibility Program ensures that a wide range of tools and services can seamlessly exchange security data in OVAL’s standard formats. In becoming certified OVAL Compatible, The Opsware Network and Server Automation System are advancing the state of the art in information security through transparent interoperability with other OVAL Compatible tools and services.”

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