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USB Memory Sticks "serious new IT security threat"

  • 02 September, 2004 09:21

<p>IN BRIEF: Gartner recently issued a warning that the proliferation of portable devices such as USB Memory Sticks, iPods, Smartphones, Handhelds - and even Digital Cameras - had introduced a new generation of security threats to business."Insider sneak thieves" and disgruntled employees could use new sophisticated portable devices to introduce malware or download supposedly secure information from corporate networks without detection. Global content security specialist GFI Asia Pacific today announces the introduction of their Languard P.S.C. (Portal Storage Control) software which will allow supervisors to detect and control the connection of such devices to their networks.</p>
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<p>For more information Please contact Michael Early GFI Asia Pacific (02) 9922 5444 or Terry Quinn 0439 710 418</p>
<p>SYDNEY September 2: GFI Asia Pacific today launches LANguard P.S.C - network-wide control of portable storage devices such as USB Memory Sticks iPods, Smartphones, Digital Cameras, and Handhelds – devices which Gartner warns are a serious new security threat to business:</p>
<p>Invitation to Test GFi Portable Storage Control</p>
<p>GFI LANguard P.S.C. is currently available at:;vid=109&amp;lid=1</p>
<p>GFI today launched a new network security product that can prevent unauthorized users from taking information from the network or introducing malware via USB (Universal Serial Bus) sticks and other removable media (floppy, CD): GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control (P.S.C.). GFI LANguard P.S.C. also allows administrators to control the connection of devices that can register storage in Windows, such as iPods, smartphones, digital cameras and handhelds.</p>
<p>The market is truly ripe for this type of product: Technology analyst Gartner warns that portable devices containing a USB or FireWire connection are a serious new threat to businesses. In a report issued last month, Gartner named portable storage devices as a significant security risk in the workplace and advised that these can be used both to download confidential data, and also to introduce a virus into the company network. Gartner's report listed pocket-sized hard drives that connect using FireWire or USB hard drive or keychain drive, disk-based MP3 players such as the iPod, and digital cameras with smart media cards, memory sticks, compact flash and other memory media as potential security threats. Read more at</p>
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<p>How GFI LANguard P.S.C. works</p>
<p>GFI LANguard P.S.C. offers administrators network-wide control of which users can plug in a USB or other removable storage device and access CDs and floppies. To do so, it installs a small footprint agent on the user's machine. This agent is only 1.2MB in size - the user will never know it is there. GFI LANguard P.S.C. includes a remote deployment tool, allowing administrators to deploy the agent to hundreds of machines with just a few clicks. After installation, the agent queries Active Directory when the user logs on and sets permissions to removable storage accordingly. If the user is not a member of a group that is permitted access, then access to the device/CD/floppy is denied.</p>
<p>This new product is highly cost-effective with prices starting at $440 ex GST to monitor up to 25 computers; a version for up to 100 computers costs $740 ex GST.</p>
<p>For more information, please visit</p>
<p>ABOUT GFI:</p>
<p>GFI is a leading worldwide developer of messaging, content security and network security software for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP administrators. GFI’s product range includes GFI FAXmaker fax server software; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI Network Server Monitor that automatically sends alerts, and corrects network and server issues; GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and network-wide event log management; and GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) that audits network security and allows administrators to remotely install hotfixes and service packs. Founded in 1992, GFI is a privately held global company with offices in the US, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta.</p>
Among GFI's 200,000 global customers are Microsoft, NASA, Telstra, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola Beverages AG, European Central Bank, BMW, Siemens, Fujitsu, Avis, US Navy, Tiscali AG, The Body Shop, Triumph Adler, Berliner Investment Bank, Bayersdorff A.G., British Midlands, Peugeot, Toyota, Caterpillar, PerotSystems, Compaq, AT&amp;T Germany, Time Warner Cable, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Ericsson, British Credit Trust, Swiss Telecom, the US IRS, Prudential Real Estate, BT Belgium, USAF, AC Nielsen, Giorgio Armani, Benetton and many more.</p>
<p>This mail was content checked for malicious code and viruses
by GFI MailSecurity. GFI MailSecurity provides email content
checking, exploit detection and anti-virus for Exchange &amp;
SMTP servers. Spam, viruses, dangerous attachments and
offensive content are removed automatically. Key features
include: Multiple virus engines; Email content &amp; attachment
checking; Exploit shield - email intrusion detection &amp; defence;
Email threats engine - analyses &amp; defuses HTML scripts,
.exe files, Trojan engine &amp; more.</p>
<p>In addition to GFI MailSecurity, GFI also produces the GFI
FAXmaker fax server &amp; GFI LANguard network security product
ranges. For more information on our products, please visit This disclaimer was sent by GFI MailEssentials
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