BRIDGEWATER, N.J. and Boston â March 16, 2006 â ControlGuard, a leading provider of endpoint security solutions, today announced the launch of its third generation technology, providing a management platform for removable media and portable devices. ControlGuard is a silver sponsor at SecureWorld Expo in Boston, March 15-16, which is an event designed to foster communication between security professionals and technology innovators.
ControlGuardâs technology effectively extends the reach of enterprise management beyond the endpoints by controlling, monitoring and logging how data is uploaded and downloaded from removable media and portable devices to desktop and laptop computers.
It is imperative for organizations to protect vulnerable endpoints to manage and control the use of removable media, comply with most federal regulations and prevent information leakage.
âOut of the 51.7 million USB flash drives that shipped in 2004, 68 percent of USB flash drives were purchased through the consumer channel â meaning most enterprises are uncomfortable with managing the risk from these products,â said Joseph Unsworth, senior research analyst at Gartner. âUSB flash drives, portable devices, and other removable media can leave companies vulnerable to malware, viruses and data theft since they can quickly store lots of content, unnoticed, posing significant consequences for companies.â
The third-generation solution includes:
Â· Extended management capabilities, which provision and track the use of removable media
Â· Enhanced endpoint security policies that allow networks to evoke device-specific policies to manage desktop, laptop and mobile devices
Â· Expanded support for wireless USB and U3
ControlGuardâs solution is deployed in financial organizations, insurance companies, security agencies and law firms.
âSecuring the data and preventing information leakage is high on our priority list,â said John Sroka, CIO at Duane Morris, one of the largest 100 law firms in the country and a ControlGuard customer. âControlGuardâs technology enables us to manage the use of removal media and block unauthorized access.â
The management platform is the foundation for several monitoring, controlling and scanning offers from ControlGuard as well as OEM partner m-systems. m‑systems, an industry leader and innovator of flash-based data storage devices, continues to integrate and partner with ControlGuard. ControlGuardâs technology was chosen to complement m-systemsâ mtrust solution, which provides corporate users with secure, monitored USB flash drives, while preventing unauthorized use within the organization. The integrated solution offers secure and well-managed use of USB flash drives in an enterprise environment.
âProtecting vulnerable endpoints is vital for enterprises to succeed in controlling and managing enterprise endpoint security,â said Israel Levy, CEO of ControlGuard. âOur third-generation management platform allows our customers to meet service level agreements and compliance mandates.â