Centennial launches DeviceWall 4.6 to help CMF/DLP vendors introduce endpoint security solutions

Latest version of DeviceWall delivers expanded features for business and enables OEMs to easily rollout endpoint security capabilities.

Centennial Software, developer of IT asset discovery and endpoint security solutions, has announced the latest version of its award-winning endpoint security software, Centennial DeviceWall 4.6, available in a Standard or OEM-specific Content Aware Editions. The new editions make DeviceWall the most complete endpoint security product for the enterprise. They have also been optimised for content management and filtering (CMF), data loss prevention (DLP) and other security suite vendors, allowing them to quickly and easily integrate endpoint security functionality into existing security products. New to 4.6 are enhancements to encryption, device support, policy management and more.

As hackers look for more ingenious ways to infiltrate corporate networks, its extremely important that companies account for endpoints on the network, said Drew Dressler, at Anchor Financial Mortgage Company. DeviceWall allows us to manage the connection of any portable storage device on the network and track what information is moved where and when. This type of functionality allows us to stay compliant with state and federal regulations, no matter what state we do business in. Any issue with our data in the wrong hands could cost us thousands in fines and retribution. Once I deployed DeviceWall on our network, I immediately knew it would be a permanent choice in my security profile.

Recently named Recommended product by SC Magazine in a May 2007 group test of USB security products, DeviceWall enables IT managers to centrally manage and protect their networks from the threats associated with portable storage devices such as iPods, USB sticks and cell phones. The new product has been optimised to allow OEM partners such as CMF and DLP vendors to quickly and easily augment existing security solutions and bring new products to market fast.  This includes branding packages, sales and marketing infrastructure, and support for other OEM and channel partners.

The DeviceWall 4.6 also includes:

  • A new user-based policy view that expands on the existing device-based view
  • Per-user and per-device class logging controls
  • Greater granularity and control of emerging device types
  • MS SQL 2005 and MS SQL 2005 Express support

Our research shows that four out of five organisations still dont have the effective measures in place to protect against threats associated with portable storage devices like the new SillyFD-AA virus which copies itself to a USB stick and propagates by auto running when reconnected to another PC, said Bill Piwonka, vice-president of product management at Centennial Software. The new release of DeviceWall not only addresses the evolving threats our existing customer base faces, but has been designed so it can be used by OEMs to complement an existing product.

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When customers are looking to secure a network, they often overlook the endpoints and focus on more traditional security functions such as firewalls or VPNs, said Stampp Corbin, CEO at Resource One. Endpoint security represents one of the biggest internal threats to information security today. Through our work with Centennial, Resource One has been able to provide one of the leading solutions to mitigate the endpoint security threats represented by USB drives, iPods, PDAs and wireless connections.

Like most organisations in our industry, its critical to ensure customer and corporate data remain secure and out of the hands of thieves, said Rob Ballard, at PSECU. DeviceWall allows us to take a proactive approach to securing our endpoints and ensure data security. The new version builds on the existing features to expand support and functionality, making it even more valuable.

About DeviceWall

DeviceWall enables IT managers to address the risk of data theft, virus and malware propagation, and computer misuse inside the firewall by effectively managing the connection of devices to company PCs. The product delivers advanced device controls, the latest data encryption capabilities and complete access auditing for comprehensive file transfer histories. In addition to serving enterprise customers and security OEMs, Centennial also works with USB stick manufactures such as Kingston, SANdisk and SecureStix to help provide a safe and secure means for managing and using USB stick technology.

About Centennial Software

Centennial Software is a leading developer of IT asset discovery and security management solutions with more than four million licenses sold to blue-chip organisations around the world. Available through a global network of resellers and market-leading OEM vendors, Centennial Softwares solutions are designed to help organizations better manage their IT infrastructure, maintain compliance and reduce operational risks. The company operates offices in the USA, UK, Germany and Australia.


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