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Suite enables remote security management

Bill Goodwin
Technology unveiled at the RSA Security show will aim to help companies protect their networks by securing mobiles and home PCs.

A suite of security packages from Senforce Technologies will offer complete control over remote PCs and take away end-user responsibility for keeping anti-virus software and patches up to date.

The Senforce Endpoint Security Suite lets firms tailor security restrictions on remote machines, depending on where they access corporate systems from.

"We have said let's not involve the user. Let's make sure the user policies are enforced all the time, whether they are at home, at an airport or a hotel.

"Let's make sure the level of protection is commensurate with their location," said Kip Meacham, director of product management at Senforce Technologies.

The suite could allow staff working at home to write on their CD drive or memory drives, but these functions could be disabled if the user attends a seminar or an industry gathering, said Meacham.

"You can control the introduction of devices with a drive, such as iPods. Other options are to allow file transfers, block them or to allow read only," he said.

The system allows firms to ensure that patches and virus signatures are kept up to date. It places machines that do not have the latest updates in quarantine until the patches are downloaded.

Critical files on laptops are encrypted, so if laptops are stolen, the data on them will become unreadable after a timeframe set by the IT department.

"By making security decisions automatically and continuously without involving the user, it makes security more easily managed by IT," said Meacham.

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