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Combined endpoint and network loss prevention.

Vontu : 01 October, 2007  (New Product)
Latest data loss prevention tool from Vontu keeps track of sensitive data across the network and prevents it from being copied to removable devices.
Vontu has announced Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8, the industry's first integrated solution that combines endpoint and network-based technology to prevent the loss of confidential data wherever it is stored or used. New data discovery capabilities in Vontu DLP 8 enable organisations to locate stored data anywhere, automatically protect it and dispose of it when appropriate. The ability of Vontu DLP 8 to accurately detect data as it is used, copied or sent, both at the endpoint and on the network, provides the defence-in-depth required to prevent data loss. With these capabilities, Vontu DLP 8 enables security for the world of mobile workers, instant internet access and global collaboration.

'Organisations everywhere now rely on high-speed networks and mobile computing to more easily share and access information. Unfortunately, this wide open world also presents new challenges for data protection,' said Vontu CEO, Joseph Ansanelli. 'With Vontu DLP 8, we are extending our market leadership by providing a unified solution across both network and endpoint systems to help CIOs better understand where their sensitive information is stored, how it is used, and how best to prevent its loss.'

Today's employees have access to large volumes of personally identifiable information, intellectual property and other sensitive data, which they can easily download to workstations, send via the internet, or copy to removable or mobile devices. While traditional perimeter security solutions are designed to protect networks from outside attack, the risk of data loss caused by insiders is creating strong demand for Vontu solutions, which are designed to secure the data itself.

Vontu DLP 8 includes two endpoint products: Vontu Endpoint Discover, an agent-based product with the ability to scan local systems for confidential data, and Vontu Endpoint Prevent, which prevents users from copying such data to removable storage devices like iPods and USB drives. The prevention capability has been added to the existing Endpoint Monitor product, which has been renamed Endpoint Prevent. Both new endpoint products use the Vontu TrueMatch detection suite for deep content inspection. Vontu DLP 8 also provides the broadest coverage for data discovery and protection, adding the ability to find data stored in SharePoint, Documentum, Microsoft Exchange and other enterprise repositories, as well as new discovery deployment options for optimal scalability.

'We rely on Vontu to safeguard the personal information of our more than nine million health plan members,' said Craig Shumard, senior vice president of information protection at health insurance firm, CIGNA. 'Whether confidential data is stored or in use, Vontu helps us enforce our information security policies and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations and standards.'

With Vontu DLP 8, the company introduces Vontu Endpoint Discover and Vontu Endpoint Prevent. Like all Vontu solutions, both endpoint products use the centralised Vontu Enforce platform for policy management, remediation workflow, notification and compliance reporting. Features include:.

* Discovery of stored data - Vontu Endpoint Discover enables high-performance, parallel scanning to identify confidential data stored on thousands of desktops and laptops, including offline machines and remote office systems, with minimal system impact.

* Prevention at the endpoint - Vontu Endpoint Prevent both monitors and prevents confidential data from being copied to storage devices such as USB drives, CD/DVDs, iPods and other removable media. For example, it can prevent an engineer from copying confidential CAD diagrams to an iPod, or prevent a call centre agent from inappropriately copying the customer database to a CD/DVD.

* On-screen employee notification and justification - Employees who violate data loss policies can automatically receive on-screen notifications advising them of the violations. The employee is prompted to enter a justification, and this information can be tracked by information security to better understand business process issues and employee education needs.

* Expanded threat coverage - Vontu Endpoint Prevent can also monitor and prevent the inappropriate usage of confidential data, such as sending it via web mail, IM, and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks or hiding it using encryption.

Vontu DLP 8 allows organisations to 'find and fix' exposed confidential data across the entire enterprise, helping companies address the challenges of compliance audits, e-discovery, data clean-up and data classification. The following new capabilities in Vontu DLP 8 extend the company's lead in data discovery:

* Most comprehensive data repository coverage - Vontu DLP 8 offers the industry's most comprehensive coverage of enterprise data repositories, including
- File servers - Windows, UNIX, CIFS, NFS, Novell, NAS filers and unshared file systems on Windows, AIX, Solaris, and Linux
- Document and email repositories - Microsoft SharePoint, Lotus Notes, Documentum, LiveLink, and Microsoft Exchange
- Web sites - employee intranets and partner extranets
- Relational databases - Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQLServer

* Scalable discovery architecture - Vontu DLP 8 delivers three discovery approaches for optimal scalability:
- Agent-based scanning - best for scanning laptops and desktops to enable simultaneous discovery on thousands of endpoints
- Distributed scanning - best for scanning thousands of data repositories distributed across many regional offices
- Centralised scanning - best for scanning massive, centralised repositories with millions of documents or database records

* New data protection API - Vontu DLP 8 enables organisations to automatically apply data protection policies through integration with data classification, storage tiering, archiving, data encryption and digital rights management (DRM) systems. The ability of Vontu DLP 8 to discover confidential data and automatically apply protections dramatically increases the value of a wide range of data protection systems, enabling customers to automatically protect terabytes of data without end-user involvement.

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