May 13, 2014 - 12:00
Continues success of long-standing network vulnerability scanning and patch management solution
GFI Software™ today announced the availability of GFI LanGuard 2014™ R2, the latest version of the company’s award-winning, comprehensive network vulnerability scanning and patch management solution. This next evolution of GFI LanGuard extends mobile device auditing to support cloud-based services – includingOffice 365 , Google Apps and Apple Profiles Manager –and extends vulnerability assessment to a broader range of network devices.
Building on GFI LanGuard’s success as a truly heterogeneous tool that delivers vulnerability assessment and patch management for Windows, Linux and Mac OS as well as for mobile devices, GFI has built on the first release of GFI LanGuard 2014 in several key areas. Most notably, GFI LanGuard vulnerability assessment for network devices has been expanded beyond just Cisco® and HP® to include Linksys®, Juniper®, Dell , SonicWALL , 3Com®, Nortel®, IBM®, Alcatel and NETGEAR® hardware. Moreover, LanGuard can run vulnerability assessments for smartphones and tablets that connect to Office 365, Google Apps and Apple Profiles Manager. GFI LanGuard now also includes patch management for Fedora and produces dedicated reports for CIPA compliance.
GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 feature benefits include:
· Better support for scanning mobile devices– users that lack an on-premises Microsoft Exchange server, but rely on cloud-based platforms like Office 365 or Google Apps, can now use GFI LanGuard to do a vulnerability assessment of the devices that connect to these servers.
· Improved vulnerability assessment for Microsoft Exchange servers – GFI LanGuard now lists the Exchange security policy that applies to each mobile device.
· Improved vulnerability assessment– the number of supported network devices and vendors increases on a continuous basis.
· Centralized control – users can patch their entire network from a central console, whether for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X or 3rd-party applications.
“A network is as vulnerable as its weakest point, so businesses must not neglect the combined threat of an explosion in mobile devices connecting to their network coupled with routers, printers and switches,” said Cristian Florian, product manager at GFI Software. “GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 adds support for vulnerability across the security spectrum so companies can protect their entire network.”
The growing need for powerful patch management and vulnerability assessment was underscored by a recent independent survey of 202 IT decision makers in U.S. workplaces employing up to 250 people. Conducted by Opinion Matters, the research project examined the “Internet of Things” and the impact IT administrators expect from the increased volume of internet-enabled and addressable devices on their network. The IT professionals responding overwhelmingly cited greater exposure to existing and undiscovered threats, particularly through mobile devices, as among their most pressing concerns about the onward march of the Internet of Things into their organization.
These findings illustrate the need for businesses to incorporate comprehensive network vulnerability scanning and patch management solutions into their systems.
Pricing and Availability
GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 is available immediately and will use a full annual subscription licensing model. Pricing starts at just $10 dollars per node, for 250-499 nodes.
For more information about GFI LanGuard 2014, please clickhere.
GFI Software™ develops quality IT solutions for small to mid-sized businesses with generally up to 1,000 users. GFI® offers two main technology solutions: GFI MAX™, which enables managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver superior services to their customers; and GFI Cloud™, which empowers companies with their own internal IT teams to manage and maintain their networks via the cloud. Serving an expanding customer base of more than 200,000 companies, GFI’s product line also includes collaboration, network security, anti-spam, patch management, faxing, mail archiving and web monitoring. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world. The company has received numerous awards and industry accolades, and is a longtime Microsoft® Gold ISV Partner.