Shavlik has announced the launch of a browser-based security advisory that helps small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) identify potential security vulnerabilities on their networks.

Available to download, it said that Shavlik Security Advisor scans all physical and virtual machines to determine missing patches that provide significant security risks without immediate remediation.

Offered as part of its 'Freemium' model, which makes enterprise-class IT management solutions accessible to budget-conscious SMBs, it said that following a quick scan of all designated machines on a network, a detailed report is provided with many valuable components. These include: a snapshot of the network environment, including the number of missing patches; a systems centre that ranks machines by severity and identifies the machines requiring patches; a software centre that shows the software by vendor, as well as the software titles requiring patches; and a patch centre that indicates the percentage of products missing patches not covered by WSUS, as well the number of missing patches and number of vulnerable machines.

Mark Shavlik, CEO of Shavlik, said: “We are seeing an increased need for IT management technologies that help SMBs address the same challenges that the world's largest enterprises are grappling with.

“This is especially true for security. We commonly partner with smaller companies that are concerned about network vulnerabilities, but lack a cost-effective way to identify them. With Shavlik Security Advisor, SMBs not only have a way to identify missing patches, but also gain a greater level of visibility into the number of vulnerable machines and applications in a matter of minutes.”