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Promisec network security compliance audit.

Promisec : 22 May, 2007  (New Product)
Organisations can now reduce the risk of data loss vulnerability and costs of data losses by taking a comprehensive network security audit from Promisec.
Promisec has announced a new security audit service for VARs, allowing security product resellers to provide prospective customers with insight into their security condition. The service provides reporting on how employees are complying with corporate security policies and identifies endpoint threats of all kinds, from unauthorised applications and USB device connections to rogue processes, services and missing third-party security applications and Microsoft service packs.

The service, normally priced at more than £5,000 for an onsite security audit, is being offered free of charge to give channel partners a competitive advantage in the highly competitive IT security market. The audit service is another example of Promisec's commitment to helping VARs attain greater traction in the IT security space. In about an hour, channel partners can generate a detailed report that shows where organisations are most vulnerable to help determine how to secure the internal network. Promisec's audit is not limited to basic checks but provides comprehensive visibility to hidden threats that can go unnoticed indefinitely. Some hidden threats that have been found in networks we have audited include:.

- Unknown Network Shares (shared folders).
- Simultaneous (dual) Wireless connectivity inside a LAN.
- Stealth Applications leaking information to external parties.
- Keyloggers and Trojans silently transmitting confidential data.
- Bypassed Group Policies and proxy servers.

According to industry research firm, Infonetics, demand for endpoint security solutions will grow to $3.9 billion by 2008, up from just $323 million last year, a 1101 per cent increase. Recent CSI and FBI reports indicate that most security issues originate inside the network. With new regulations in place, company officers can now be held personally responsible for breaches of security. Infractions such as unauthorised storage of sexually explicit material on corporate servers can create problems that are just as serious as the latest worm or Trojan horse. But companies cannot resolve vulnerabilities and tighten security policies if they do not know which endpoint threats exist on their networks.

'Our channel partners can now offer customers a comprehensive level of insight into their network security so organisations can eliminate significant threats before they become security breaches,' said Ari Tammam, vice president of channel marketing for Promisec.

Offering an in-depth analysis of whether end users are complying with internal security policies, the Promisec security audit determines if end users:.

* Have all required security agents and operating system patches installed.
* Are running peer-to-peer applications that could compromise security.
* Are employing methods for downloading and removing sensitive company files.
* Are using unauthorised applications or attachable devices.
* Have other common configuration errors that can leave networks vulnerable.

'When prospective customers understand the threats to their internal network, they are more likely to take action to prevent security issues from materialising,' said Edward Blake, Head of E-Security at Promisec VAR, REAL Solutions. 'The Promisec service strengthens our current offering and enables us to provide greater value to customers.'
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