GFI Software Increases Endpoint Protection Capabilities to Help Organizations Keep their Confidential Data Private and Secured

March 15, 2013 - 12:00

GFI Software Increases Endpoint Protection Capabilities to Help Organizations Keep their Confidential Data Private and Secured


GFI EndPointSecurity® 2013 gives IT administrators more powerful tools to assess risk, identify sensitive information and prevent data loss

As high profile data breaches continue to make headlines, data loss prevention (DLP) is critical to stop confidential and sensitive information leaving the organization. GFI Software today announced the release of a new version of GFI EndPointSecurity 2013 that helps organizations keep their confidential data secure by allowing IT administrators to assess and control what information is travelling across endpoints and identify which endpoints carry a higher risk to be a source of data leakage.

GFI EndPointSecurity 2013 uses risk assessment and enhanced intelligent data awareness capabilities to identify instances when sensitive data such as credit card, social security and medical records numbers as well as sensitive human resource and financial information are transferred to an external storage device, like a smartphone or USB thumb drive, and stolen from the office.

When a file is moved through an endpoint, the data awareness engine scans it and searches for sensitive and company confidential information, especially those whose loss can result in violations of regulatory compliance standards, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Payment Card Industry (PCI). The risk assessment engine takes into consideration a number of variables including endpoint activity, risk level and the type of device being assessed. It then assigns a risk level per endpoint and a global risk level per network. If a document is found to information that matches pre-configured templates in the engine, the file is blocked and the administrator alerted.

In 2012, data breaches and losses continued as the likes of Zappos®, LinkedIn® and Global Payments® all fell victim to hackers. These high-profile incidents serve as constant reminders that breaches and the resulting data loss can be devastating to a business and its reputation. It further demonstrates that robust endpoint security is an essential business necessity, especially when it comes to safeguarding sensitive and confidential information.

Now supporting Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, GFI EndPointSecurity 2013 allows IT administrators to centrally manage their entire endpoint IT environment from an improved dashboard which provides relevant information in a visually concise manner, as well as suggested courses of action to increase protection and shortcuts to the most common operations. The dashboard controls and monitors access, activity, reporting and security through a small agent that is automatically loaded onto all Windows devices. This ensures that devices and users are protected and provisioned within the existing IT framework, even when a user has brought their own device, such as a laptop or tablet, and has connected to the corporate network. Access controls can be determined by a user, workgroup, domain or even by a device, while access and permissions can be enabled on a temporary or permanent basis, and changed on-the-fly to ensure that rogue or lost devices are quarantined, restricted or cut-off immediately.

“Data loss protection is on every executive’s and IT administrator’s mind. It is a growing concern for businesses because as more devices are connected to the network the greater the risk,” said Sergio Galindo, Global Product Manager at GFI. “GFI EndPointSecurity 2013 adds another layer of protection that ensures sensitive information is not leaked over the network’s endpoints.”

Pricing and Availability
GFI EndPointSecurity 2013 is available now through GFI resellers’ License packages starting at $26.25 for 10-24 computers. Additional license options are available.

To learn more about GFI EndPointSecurity 2013, call (888) 243-4329, email sales@gfi.com or visit www.gfi.com/endpointsecurity to download a free trial.

About GFI
GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMBs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organizations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania, which together support hundreds of thousands of installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world and is also a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner.