Security Configuration Management (SCM)

Shrink Your Attack Surface and Stay in Compliance

What Is Security Configuration Management?

Security configuration management (SCM) is the process of managing the configurations of your information system assets and software, including monitoring for misconfigurations to help prevent cyberattacks and enforce compliance regulations. Many organizations simplify this foundational cybersecurity control by using SCM software to continuously monitor their security configurations, proactively reducing their attack surface.

How Does Security Configuration Management Work?


Cyber attackers are often looking for the easiest way to get into an organization and they have found that misconfigurations due to default system settings frequently provide easy entry. Once a system has been exploited, attackers begin moving across the infrastructure and start making harmful changes. This is why security configuration management tools are so important. 

Security configuration management solutions help identify misconfigurations that make your systems vulnerable before an attack occurs and also monitor for unusual changes to critical files or systems. 

See how Fortra's Tripwire enables you to maintain a secure baseline configuration and monitor assets for deviations while automating and guiding security teams for rapid repair of misconfigurations.

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Key Benefits of Tripwire Security Configuration Management

Continuous compliance with standards such as PCI-DSS

Complete device and asset discovery gives you a clear picture of your network

Clear guidance for misconfiguration remediation

Create and enforce your own customized compliance policies

Configuration Security for Every Environment

Your organization likely encompasses much more than traditional on-premises data centers. Modern security teams must defend an ever-changing attack surface. Tripwire security configuration management goes where you go and scales along with you.



Secure your on-premises environment with SCM for network devices, databases, directory servers, POS terminals, workstations, laptops, tablets, remote work endpoints, and OS hardening.

Why Security Configuration Management Matters?



Pick from 800 out-of-the-box platforms and policies for regulatory standards.


Quickly identify a breach with continuous monitoring for indicators of compromise.


Establish trust by creating secure configurations and validating them against industry standards.


Alter or combine standard policies to meet the precise needs of your organization.

Case Studies

Major Telecom

Learn how one global telecommunications company maintained SOX compliance and elevated its change management process with Tripwire Enterprise. Before introducing Tripwire into its environment, it was already taking advantage of ServiceNow to keep DevOps processes running at top speed. But they didn’t have an automated, reliable way to monitor change approvals and reconciliations. In addition to quickly seeing process improvements, the company can now identify application owners that aren’t following the change control process.

Electric Utility

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is a U.S. electric generation and transmission cooperative. Along with the need for NERC CIP compliance and FIM, WFEC needed a solution that would identify indicators of compromise and monitor for suspicious activity without causing service interruption. According to WFEC, “Tripwire is not resource-intensive the way anti-virus is. From my perspective, Tripwire does more than traditional antivirus does. It gives you more insight.”

Guide to Security Configuration Management

Basic security controls like security configuration management (SCM) offer your best chance of preventing, detecting, and remediating breaches and staying compliant.

Download the guide to learn how you can use Tripwire SCM for policy enforcement and continuous monitoring.

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