IN BRIEF

Credant beefs up Protector

Credant Technologies has released software to give government agencies another method of protecting sensitive data.

The company has launched new device and wireless port control and optical media (CD/DVD) encryption capabilities through Credant Protector, which controls physical and wireless interfaces, as well as data protection for external storage devices such as USB drives and CD/DVD drives.

The technology reduces the risk that sensitive data may be lost, stolen, or corrupted while utilizing removable media by allowing IT administrators, rather than individual users, to control data ports.

The software is installed on a client PC; a server component creates policies that can block and restrict devices coming on to the network. The program also can control what files transfer to and from a device. Additionally the software provides the functionality to disable AutoRun/AutoPlay features for removable media suggested by a recent U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team activity notice titled “Malicious Code Spreading Through USB Flash Drive Devices.”

The technology also provides unified management of policies, alerting preferences, logs, and custom reports; defines policies for any domain, group, computer, or user; blocks both USB and PS/2 hardware keyloggers; and includes detailed configurations for achieving data security policies that are mapped to specific regulatory standards.

About the Author

Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.

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