New tools added to Safend data protection suite for network discovery and compliance

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Safend has completed its data protection suite with the addition of the Inspector and Discoverer tools.

Safend has completed its data protection suite with the addition of the Inspector and Discoverer tools.

Inspector is a content inspection and filtering solution for email, instant messenger, external storage and printers. Discoverer is a tool that allows security administrators to locate sensitive data, primarily at rest, stored on all endpoints.

Following on from the introduction of the port control Protector and hard disk encryption tool Encryptor, this rounds up the full suite according to Edy Almer, VP product manager at Safend. He said: “This completes all components. Encryptor is doing very nicely for existing customers and new business and we are now adding Inspector and Discoverer.

“Everything is single agent, other companies are doing data loss prevention, hard disk encryption and port/device control but no one is doing all three.

“The suite is finished and we will be adding 64-bit support and better performance but all of the core functionality is there and this is the only product market that has this breadth of functionality in one management console. You need to have all logs in one place and clear control.”

The Discoverer helps identify gaps in data protection and compliance initiatives, and provides insight into what policies should be implemented using other components of the Safend Data Protection Suite. Almer said that problems are caused by the ability to take devices out of the office, regardless of what is blocked at the gateway.

Inspector enforces a data-centric security policy across multiple channels, including email, web (HTTP, HTTPS), FTP, external storage devices, CD/DVD burners, PDA devices, file repositories, print screen, local printers and network printers, without disrupting legitimate business processes or harming end-user productivity.

The addition of this solution provides the security administrator with the ability to generate an alert and/or monitor the users taking action based on the content the user is trying to transfer, as well as the action context and meta data.

Almer said: “If someone tries to transfer sensitive data a pop-up will appear and say ‘this has been logged and sent for evaluation, are you sure you want to send this?' You do not need to do specific protections any more as in an organisation with Inspector, we saw the number of incidents go down. Take Skype, it will allow calls and chat and file transfer, but with the transfer of sensitive files they will be blocked. You can be specific about data and allow specific encryption of a certain file.”

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