BeyondTrust has launched a free version of its Retina vulnerability management software.

Available for users with up to 256 deployments, the technology became part of the company's portfolio after it acquired eEye Digital earlier this year. Speaking to SC Magazine, Brent Thurrell, director of sales for EMEA at BeyondTrust, said that it has launched ‘Retina Community', a cut-down freeware version of its Retina CS product.

He said: “It comes without so much in-depth reporting that enterprises require. It is designed for small to medium businesses (SMBs) to overcome challenges and start to implement best practise and data security. This will be instilled into SMBs as they grow and give the bad guys less chance.”

The Retina technology was acquired in April and former enterprise security manager at eEye Digital, Andrew Clark, told SC Magazine that the community product is a free version of the enterprise product with the same engineering at the back-end, but was limited to 256 devices with some features removed. “It performs the same scanning and analysis as in an enterprise, but we are giving it away for free,” he said.

Thurrell said that the heritage and acquisition of eEye allowed BeyondTrust to move into the vulnerability and management space to help identify where threats are, both internally and externally.

He said: “We seek to provide information back to IT teams and business users in some sort of semblance of order to detect security events and risk exposure across business. A big part of our context aware security is Retina. Retina CS helps organisations understand where the holes exist and where the threats come from, where an exploit can be or how a data breach could occur, it helps to report and prioritise.

“We want to help organisations who don't have huge IT teams to monitor their environment and patch 24 hours a day, we want to provide a tool to help them control and monitor their environment.”