A new software tool will tell IT managers how long it will take for a hacker to break into their networks.
Carmichael Security's SecureMetric software maps the extent of a network and sets a vulnerability rating based on the time needed to break into the system using known threats.
The software is aimed at large corporate enterprises and is already in use by two Fortune 100 companies.
SecureMetric maps out a corporate network and assesses hardware and software configuration against five security measurements: authentication, authorisation, accuracy, audit and availability.
Individual security products are assessed for their base level of security and how will they work in conjunction with other security devices.
"There's no magic bullet to security but the goal is to manage risk effectively," said vice president Tim Carmichael.
"By using real-time assessment, network managers can try out various security models and warn against bad decisions. In addition, the assessment is very popular with financial and internal audit departments."
However, Mark Darvill, director of technology at Logical UK, a professional services and IT network integration company, said: "Tools like this can only be good for the IT industry if it increases awareness of security.
"On the other hand if it does detect vulnerabilities that have a knock-on effect you could end up designing a very complex network."
The software comes with a subscription service which updates security ratings. The service will cost about 20 per cent of the purchase price, which is expected to be around £200,000.
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