Patchlink looking for more acquisitions, new name

Summary:The acquisition of a vulnerability management product earlier this year was certainly not the last, according to Patchlink's international senior vice president Andrew Clarke, who also admitted a name-change is on the cards.At the AusCERT 2007 conference in Queensland's Gold Coast last week, Clarke said that the move into vulnerability management was a natural one -- the product (Harris STAT) acquired in February was already being sold as part of the Patchlink product through an OEM agreement.

The acquisition of a vulnerability management product earlier this year was certainly not the last, according to Patchlink's international senior vice president Andrew Clarke, who also admitted a name-change is on the cards.

At the AusCERT 2007 conference in Queensland's Gold Coast last week, Clarke said that the move into vulnerability management was a natural one -- the product (Harris STAT) acquired in February was already being sold as part of the Patchlink product through an OEM agreement.

"Patchlink was a very descriptive name for the product line we had.

"I think within the coming months you will see us making another acquisition, and at that point a name change would definitely benefit us in communicating the message to the marketplace," Clarke told ZDNet Australia in a video interview last week.

Clarke was adamant that the acquisitions and name change would not cause the company to lose any of its focus.

"It's not exactly diversifying -- let me clarify that the acquisition of the Harris STAT product was a very obvious one for us because Harris STAT was an OEM of Patchlink.

"We have been extending the presence of Patchlink outside of the traditional patch management and into the broader vulnerability solution -- we now have a scanning capability," said Clarke.

You can watch the video here: Patchlink AusCERT video.

Topics: AUSCERT

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