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Housing Association prevents data leakage with DeviceLock

DeviceLock : 12 January, 2010  (Application Story)
Data transfer control to storage devices, USB attached equipment and smartphones controlled at Oaklee Housing Association to prevent to leakage of sensitive tenant data
DeviceLock announces that Oaklee Housing Association, a voluntary non-profit organisation providing social housing, care and support services, has chosen DeviceLock to protect its sensitive data. The software will establish comprehensive control over employee access to workstation's local ports and peripheral devices including printers and personal mobile devices to reduce the risk of data leakage.

Oaklee Housing Association has over a hundred and forty network users working across sixty-five satellite offices throughout Northern Ireland. From a corporate network perspective there is a lot of highly sensitive information, that of tenants and the business as a whole which needs to be hosted on the network. Although the association had not experienced an incident of data theft or leakage, the high profile incidents in central and local government over recent years alerted the Association of the need to be vigilant. Therefore, Oaklee wanted to ensure it was compliant with the most robust security standards.

"On the tenant side of the business, there is a lot of delicate personal information we need to protect, such as account information, details of vulnerable tenants and arrears histories, for example. There is also a whole host of information on the business that we need to secure," said Brain McKenna, Communications Manager at Oaklee Housing Association. "Therefore, we wanted to ensure we protected ourselves against data leakage, be it accidentally or maliciously."

"We are regulated by the department of social development, so it's clearly important for us to have the right security procedures in place," continued McKenna. "DeviceLock provides us with the appropriate levels of management access to important data. It proved a good balance between the functionality we were looking for, and cost - and has been very simple to implement."

DeviceLock is a precise and flexible tool for precisely controlling, logging, shadow-copying and auditing end-user access to all types of local ports and peripheral devices, including local and network printers, as well as Windows Mobile, iPhone, Palm and BlackBerry smartphones. Complementing its port, device, and data channel-based controls with data type-level security, DeviceLock supports true file type detection and filtering by intercepting any file system's read/write operations with peripheral devices, performing real-time analysis of the entire binary content of transmitted data and enforcing applicable file-type based security policies. DeviceLock also integrates with leading encryption products from PGP, Lexar, SecurStar, and TrueCrypt in order to protect data on removable storage devices. In addition, DeviceLock blocks operations of USB and PS/2 hardware keyloggers.

DeviceLock features a comprehensive central management console natively integrated with Microsoft Active Directory platform through a custom-made MMC snap-in for Group Policy Object Editor, thus making the process of device access control easy and simple for corporate security administrators. DeviceLock's administrative functions can be shared among multiple security administrators with different roles defined from the DeviceLock management console.
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