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Patent for removable media monitoring technology.

Lumension Security : 03 January, 2008  (New Product)
Data shadowing technology from Lumension allows the monitoring and capturing of sensitive data transferred to and from removable media.
Lumension Security has received a significant patent for its data shadowing technology, a key component to Lumension Security's Sanctuary Device Control endpoint security solution. The shadowing feature enables organisations to monitor all the information transferred to or from removable media while capturing a full copy of that data, providing a comprehensive audit trail that is part of a robust security and compliance posture.

"Monitoring sensitive proprietary information—especially when it is being moved—is vital for effectively securing data and demonstrating compliance. Virtually all organisations track data being sent via email, but very few monitor what is written to or read from removable storage media," said Mike Wittig, President and CTO of Lumension Security. "Our industry-leading Sanctuary Device Control solution combines whitelisting and granular policy enforcement with this critical data shadowing functionality to provide our customers with a powerful tool for preventing data leakage. Being awarded a patent for this technology demonstrates its innovation, maturity and value as organisations across the globe continue to deploy Sanctuary as a key constituent to their data security and compliance infrastructure."

In fact, according to the Ponemon Institute, 53 percent of organisations have no way of knowing what data was on a lost or stolen device. Sanctuary Device Control's data in/out shadowing capability monitors, controls and audits the information that users may copy to or from removable media to their PCs and laptops. Administrators are able to capture the complete binary code of the data transferred and save it on a centralised server. This can be assimilated to an entire mirror copy of the data and used for auditing purposes. The patented technology also allows the logging of only file names where applicable, offering a less intrusive approach to monitoring data transfers. This audit log is invaluable for measuring and enforcing policy compliance, and it helps as proof of compliance with SOX, HIPAA, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and other industry and federal regulations.
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