|Headquarters||Maynard, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Gary Newman, President
Sumin Tchen, Chairman
Data Analytics module
Belarc's cloud architecture allows users to simplify and automate the management of all of their desktops, servers and laptops throughout the world, using a single database and Intranet server. Belarc's products automatically create an accurate and up-to-date central repository CMDB, consisting of detailed software, hardware and security configurations.
Belarc's products are in use on over fifty million computers.
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. There are over 500,000 downloads of the Belarc Advisor every month.
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, is generated only for Windows 7, Vista, and XP Pro, but not for Windows 10. It 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.
Belarc was founded in 1997 by Gary Newman and Sumin Tchen. Dr. Jack Goldman, 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.
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