Belarc

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Belarc Inc.
Type Private
Industry Computer software
Founded 1997
Headquarters Maynard, Massachusetts, USA
Key people Gary Newman, President
Sumin Tchen, Chairman
Products BelManage
BelSecure
beITsmart
Belarc Advisor
Website Belarc website

Belarc develops and licenses Internet based products which help make personal computers easier to use and maintain by large enterprises, small businesses and individual consumers. Belarc's products are used for Software Asset Management, hardware upgrade planning, cyber security status, information assurance audits, IT asset management, configuration management, and more. Belarc's products are in use on well over twenty million computers and are licensed by numerous customers including: Agfa Healthcare, AIG, Catholic Relief Services, Defense Logistics Agency, FAA, Holcim, Kindred Healthcare, NASA, Sungard, Travelers, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Unilever, WebMD/Emdeon.

Belarc Advisor[edit]

Belarc also offers the Belarc Advisor as a free download for personal use. The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of installed software and hardware, missing security patches, anti-virus status, and NIST SCAP security configurations (USGCB, FDCC) and displays the results in a Web browser. All of the profile information is kept private on the user's computer and is not sent to any web server.[1] There are over 500,000 downloads of the Belarc Advisor every month.[citation needed]

The report is divided into a number of sections. The summary report lists details of the computer's hardware, local user and system accounts, a map of the local area network, lists of software licence keys and installed Hotfixes, and an inventory of the installed software with an indication of when each piece of software was last used.

The Security Benchmark Score report, on a separate page, details the computer's compliance with US Government Configuration Baseline benchmarks, developed by the United States Department of Defense and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The benchmarks are grouped into general categories. The status of compliance with each benchmark, and the overall compliance per category, are shown. Administrators of commercial versions of Windows can use the Group Policy Editing tool - which can be configured to display USGCB benchmarks - to resolve many of these non-compliances.

The "Home" versions of Windows do not implement Group Policies. Users of these versions have to research the related Control Panel or registry settings, if they wish to effect compliance with benchmarks they consider important.

History[edit]

Belarc was founded in 1997 by Gary Newman and Sumin Tchen. Dr. Jack Goldman,[2] creator and visionary behind Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC), was an early director of the company. Belarc is owned by its founders and employees.[citation needed]

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