New player to enter USB security market

German security firm, CenterTools, will open an Australian sales office in August in a bid to boost sales in the increasingly popular USB access control market.

The company has offices in Germany and the US. The new office, situated in Karingal Centre, near Frankston, Victoria, will trade as Janssen & Janssen, CenterTools' Australasian sales representative, Volker Janssen, said.

The vendor's DriveLock product is a business software product is licensed for 25 or more users. Instead of blocking all USB slots within an organisation, Janssen said it was able to configure white lists. Devices on the white list - whether PDAs, USB sticks, external drives, iPods or any other external devices - are recognised via a unique serial ID.

Janssen expects to finalise the set up by August. Despite not yet having an office, he said he had already received expressions of interest from several companies in the financial sector.

Distributor, Digital Networks Australia, has also announced a USB access control product - Ipswitch WhatsUp Professional 2006. It uses Windows Management Interface (WMI) to provide centralised monitoring and reporting of any attempt to connect or remove USB devices to any Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer.

Competing products in the Australian market include Ipswitch's WhatsUp Professional 2006, Centennial Software's DeviceWall and GFi's EndPointSecurity.