GFI Launches Free, Online Portable Storage Device Scanner
GFI Software has announced today the release of EndPointScan, an industry-first, free online service that allows you to check what devices are or have been connected to computers on your network and by whom. Using this diagnostic tool, you can identify those areas where the use of portable storage devices could pose a risk to the integrity of the company's systems and data.
The uncontrolled use of portable mass storage devices – USB sticks, CDs, floppies, smartphones, MP3 players, handhelds, iPods, digital cameras – coupled with data theft techniques such as 'pod slurping', are a major threat to network security and could lead to security breaches, data theft, viruses and other malware being uploaded to a company's network. Earlier this year, for example, a scientist who worked with DuPont was arrested after he had copied $400 million worth of commercially-sensitive information from the network. This is why it is vital for you to know what devices have been or are currently in use on your company's network and to be in a position to take action where the risk of a breach is high.
Security companies, including GFI Software, have long warned of the risks of portable storage devices and how vital it is that companies do something about it. Knowing what devices are on your network and the threat they pose is the first step towards minimizing these risks and this is what EndPointScan, an industry-first diagnostic tool, is designed to do.
Unfortunately, many businesses are unaware of or ignore the threat until something actually happens. According to research conducted on behalf of GFI Software, 35 per cent of 370 UK companies surveyed said they considered portable devices to be a massive risk to their company's security. However, 83 per cent of employers said they provided devices such as USB sticks, PDAs and Blackberrys to their staff. It is even more worrying to note that even though 51 per cent said they know who uses these devices at the office, 71 per cent do not log what files are transferred to and from the network. For all they know sensitive and confidential data could have easily been stolen from the network!
EndPointScan carries out granular checks across all types of ports – USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, Infrared, PCMIA and Wi-Fi – on all machines. This utility provides complete and thorough information about all portable devices and can scan multiple computers simultaneously. GFI EndPointScan is fully compatible with existing network management or administrative tools such as Active Directory and it will also work on Vista systems.
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