CynapsPro Suite 2008
Strengths: A robust feature set under a single management console
Weaknesses: The Cynaps console is a bit busy and confusing
Verdict: If you can handle the crowded dashboard and the cost, this product provides a very high level of security
CynapsPro Suite 2008 is another tiered protection mechanism. It uses three tiers: DevicePro, CryptionPro and ApplicationPro. These components address endpoint security by providing a locally installed agent to manage endpoint access and control according to policies defined at the central console.
To control what applications can interact with data, the combination of the management console and agent provides control relative to ports or removable media, encryption of authorised data transport and application whitelisting.
The central management console provides an across-the-board policy and rule definition and management ability. It synchronises with Active Directory, Novell's eDirectory, or provides the ability to create a custom directory. The agent alerts console administrators of infractions of established policies.
DevicePro protects the endpoint by scanning removable media for malware, protects the organisation by logging files transferred to removable media (by only allowing approved devices), and only allowing approved users to use removable media.
ApplicationPro allows users to define application whitelists to control application access within your company, define organsational roles and assign pre-defined policies to them. It can also profile users' network and application access for reduced costs. The product has a NAC-like feature which stops a machine from spreading viruses.
The last security application component is CryptionPro. This allows an administrator to encrypt everything from removable drives to the entire hard disk of a system using strong encryption systems, such as AES, Triple-DES and Blowfish.
Included in the purchase price is one year of email-based support. Phone and upgrade access are available, and the fees vary from 14 to 19 per cent, based on the length of support purchased.
The pricing for CynapsPro Suite 2008 is based on per seat licensing. This puts it at the upper end of the price spectrum.