Drives ‘firewall’ blocks unauthorised access

Security start-up DriveSentry has launched a “firewall for drives” that works by monitoring the applications writing to a computer’s drives.

Security start-up DriveSentry has launched a “firewall for drives” that works by monitoring the applications writing to a computer’s drives.

The DriveSentry product allows only trusted applications to write to drives, detecting any unauthorised applications and alerting the user. It also allows users to control the types of files that can be saved.

DriveSentry will detect attempts by viruses and trojans to write themselves to drives rather than the traditional anti-virus technique of detecting viruses by their signatures. The company claims this will stop new viruses that have yet to be detected by anti-virus firms.

All users have a standard set of rules that can be used on installation. DriveSentry connects users to a central advisor server and provides a standard set of rules that can be used on installation. It has been built to run on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista.

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