NetCarity Founder & CTO Joins U.S. DHS Funded OVAL Board at MITRE

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Gary Miliefsky to Play Key Role in the Development of the Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language Standard Initiative

NetClarity, a leading provider of network vulnerability products and services, today announced that Gary Miliefsky, founder and chief technology officer, has joined the OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) Board. OVAL, which is sponsored by the US-CERT at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is an international, information security community baseline standard for how to check for the presence of vulnerabilities and configuration issues on computer systems.

“OVAL is committed to providing security experts with a common language to discuss the technical details of how to maintain consistent, secure systems,” said Matthew N. Wojcik, MITRE Senior INFOSEC Engineer and OVAL Board Moderator. “Gary brings to bear a wealth of experience as a computer scientist and network security professional. From his efforts promoting CVE, to his experience as an advisor to the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board on the National Strategy to Secure Cyber Space, he will be a valuable addition to the Board.”

“The CVE standard helps IT professionals while the OVAL initiative turns CVE into a machine readable system. This will allow leading edge network security companies to finish the last mile of network security - automation of policy-based configuration, patch and vulnerability management in a way that works for everyone,” said Gary Miliefsky, who is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®). “I look forward making significant contributions to OVAL, the world's new standard for information security automation.”

In addition to Mr. Miliefsky, the OVAL Board includes representatives from major operating systems vendors, commercial information security tool vendors, academia, government agencies and research institutions. The Board creates and/or approves the official common OVAL Schemas and evaluates, reviews, and comments on OVAL vulnerability, compliance, and/or patch definitions for publication on the OVAL Web site. Board members may also author draft definitions and perform test bed evaluations of definitions.

The MITRE Corporation maintains OVAL and provides impartial technical guidance to the OVAL Board on all matters related to ongoing development of OVAL. MITRE (http://www.mitre.org) is a not-for-profit company that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. It operates federally funded research and development centers for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service, with principal locations in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va.

About NetClarity

NetClarity is a leading provider of vulnerability management products. The company’s Auditor line of appliances provides preemptive, proactive network protection. The cost-effective appliances dynamically detect wired and wireless devices as they connect to the network and regularly audit the devices for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, the systemic cause of 95% of all security breaches. In addition to providing workflow and remediation, the appliances feature the world’s first clientless Network Admission Control solution. Auditor’s Vulnerability Quarantine System integrates with firewalls, smart switches and network management equipment to automatically wall-off malicious insiders, weak and untrusted assets, rogue devices and dirty laptops. This enables IT staff to mitigate risk by blocking ports and problems, not people and productivity. Finally, Auditor generates IT gap analysis and regulatory compliance reports tailed to the banking, government, healthcare, insurance and retail markets, among others. Auditor has received widespread recognition, including a Best Buy Award and 5 Star rating from SC Magazine. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, NetClarity is privately held. For more information, visit http://www.netclarity.net.

NetClarity, Auditor and the NetClarity logo are trademarks of NetClarity. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

OVAL is sponsored by the US-CERT at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Visit OVAL online at http://oval.mitre.org/

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