By John E. Dunn
11 September 2007
Patch management company PatchLink is no more, but its demise is not bad
news. The company has changed its name to Lumension Security.
Formed from a cross between the word 'luminescence' and the phrase 'new
dimension', Lumensions birth probably became inevitable last June on the
day PatchLink merged with Luxembourg-based SecureWave. Up to that point,
PatchLink had been a well-known software patch management company. After
that point, given SecureWaves very different set of products, it had
turned into something new that wasnt well expressed by using the words
'patch' and 'link' in close proximity.
Lumension is coy about what the re-branding exercise has cost it, but a
new name chosen from among many suggestions put to it and a new logo
dont come cheap. The company has also managed to plump for a name that
had a free domain, no small feat these days.
"PatchLink had a good name for what we were, but with the acquisition it
had become inappropriate," admitted Lumensions Andrew Clarke. He was
determined not to turn the name into an end in itself, preferring to
focus on the new direction being taken by the outfit, sloughing off its
past as a natural rather than forced move.
The new company has products covering a number of security bases. The
old patch management systems are still in the mix, but to this has been
added endpoint security software, network access control, and policy
The last six months have been a busy time for the old PatchLink, which
also bought STAT Guardian Vulnerability Management Suite from Harris in
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