GFI Software Expands Partnership with Faronics to Bring Deep Freeze Technology to Sandbox Customers

February 07, 2011 - 12:00

New bundled offering follows Faronics OEM of GFI VIPRE® Antivirus technology

GFI Software, a leading IT solutions provider for enterprises, today announced an expansion of its technology partnership with Faronics in which Faronics Deep Freeze™ will be bundled with its GFI Sandbox™ technology. GFI Sandbox enables the rapid analysis of malware behavior by executing potential malcode inside a controlled environment. With Faronics Deep Freeze managing and resetting the client workstations that GFI Sandbox runs on, GFI’s automated malware analysis tool provides organizations with best-in-class threat intelligence running within a secure, protected and scalable environment.

In addition to this new bundled package, GFI and Faronics have also partnered on antivirus technology. Faronics offers GFI Software’s VIPRE Antivirus to its customer base as Faronics Anti-Virus™ through an OEM agreement. VIPRE Antivirus delivers antivirus and antispyware protection, client firewall, anti-rootkit, and malicious website filtering technologies in a next-generation endpoint security solution. All of this security is packed into a single agent, which enables comprehensive endpoint malware protection with low system resource usage.

“The bundling of GFI Sandbox with Faronics Deep Freeze is a continuation of a close partnership between trusted partners who are striving to achieve the same goals,” said Chad Loeven, vice president, Advanced Technology Group, GFI Software. “As the malware landscape continuously evolves and becomes more sophisticated, we need to develop innovative methods for deciphering new threats in real-time in order to protect our customers from system and data breaches.”

GFI Sandbox is the industry's leading dynamic malware analysis tool. It gives researchers the ability to compare multiple analyses for differences and similarities, and allows them to send malware samples to multiple sandbox configurations using different desktop images and centrally manage the process. This identifies, stops and isolates new and previously unknown malicious code before it can damage computer networks or compromise data.

By leveraging this sophisticated analysis, enterprises can put security best practices in place to account for how malware behaves differently on varied desktop configurations within their networks and proactively protect against targeted threats. GFI Sandbox provides true automation that gives those on the front lines of cyber-defense and digital forensics the ability to analyze potential threats quickly, efficiently and in bulk. This also saves organizations valuable time and resources in the process.

With its reboot to restore technology, Faronics Deep Freeze offers the strongest protection available and eliminates the need for IT professionals to reconfigure, re-image, or troubleshoot computers, reducing support incidents by up to 63%. Faronics Deep Freeze makes computers indestructible and prevents against workstation damage. It does this by ensuring each and every desktop, laptop, and server always remain in the same perfect original operating state.

Deep Freeze ensures 100% workstation recovery on every restart and is the only solution that effectively balances workstation security with user productivity. IT personnel don’t need to worry about file congestion, system configuration changes, undesired applications/software, or hard drive degradation because unwanted personal information is never retained by the computer. It allows IT personnel to focus and work on more strategic IT needs for the organization rather than respond to avoidable help-desk requests. In fact, Deep Freeze users manage up to 12% more desktops per employee.

“Partnering with GFI Software has allowed us to pass on incredible security benefits to our customers,” said Brent Smithurst, VP of Technical Operations, Faronics Corporation. “We are confident that the bundled solution including Faronics Deep Freeze will optimize GFI Sandbox’s effectiveness and provide the market with an innovative new approach to malware analysis and blocking.”

About Faronics
With a well-established record of helping businesses manage, simplify, and secure their IT infrastructure, Faronics makes it possible to do more with less by maximizing the value of existing technology. Its solutions deliver total workstation reliability, complete system control and non-disruptive computer energy management. Incorporated in 1996, Faronics has offices in the USA, Canada and the UK, as well as a global network of channel partners. Its solutions are deployed in over 150 countries worldwide, and are helping more than 30,000 organizations.

About GFI’s Advanced Technology Group
GFI's Advanced Technology Group (ATG) is a leading provider of critical security software and services to enterprises needing specialized tools for threat analysis and defense. ATG leverages the research and technology of GFI Labs, the engine behind GFI’s award-winning security products such as VIPRE. The tools and data produced by our research are used by many of the Global2000, as well as leading web portals, telecoms and government defense agencies around the world. Consumer and Enterprise software and appliance vendors count on the VIPRE technology as their front line of protection against malware. For additional information on GFI’s Advanced Technology Group, please visit