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Ponemon study reveals ‘regulatory compliance’ and ‘responsibility to protect data’ as key drivers for funding in the UK; US organisations cite ‘data breach response’ as the top reason for security spend London – 7  January, 2012 – Faronics, a global leader in simplifying, securing and managing multi-user computer environments, has announced the results of a comparative survey that explores the motivations behind IT security spending among UK and US organisations, and how industry regulations, data breach mitigation and the fear of reputational damage rank in the decision making process. The research, conducted by The Ponemon Institute[1], revealed that compliance (54 percent) and a sense of responsibility to protect information (45 percent) were the top two reasons for IT security funding in the UK, while organisations in the US cited the need to respond to recent breaches or other security exploits (63 percent) as the biggest driver. This could be due to the fact that many US organisations report multiple data breaches, with 30 percent of respondents experiencing more than three incidents in a year, compared to just 19 percent citing the same in the UK. Similarly, with 62 percent of UK organisations naming complexity of regulatory requirements as the biggest barrier to security, it is unsurprising that such great emphasis is placed on compliance. In terms of the most important considerations when selecting security and data protection solutions, low purchase cost, ease of deployment and low running costs were the top requirements for all respondents. Conversely, positive peer Continue Reading... Read More


Organisations fail to realise implications of a data breach; estimate recovery costs to be a third less than they actually are LONDON – November 13, 2012 – Faronics, a global leader in securing multi-user PC environments, today announced the results of a survey that explores how UK organisations think about information security and what motivates them to invest in data defences. The research, conducted by Ponemon Institute [1], revealed that 54 percent of respondents have experienced at least one data breach in the last year, with nearly a fifth (19 percent) experiencing more than four. Perhaps more worryingly, those that have so far avoided a data breach demonstrated a real lack of awareness of the financial and long-term damage that a breach can have on a company. Of those who have suffered a data breach, nearly half (48 percent) stated that it damaged their reputation, while close to a third (30 percent) were forced to downsize due to a loss of customers. However, when asking those that have not suffered a breach, 58 percent believe brand reputation would be untarnished should they fall victim, while the majority (70 percent) do not think that the cost of customer acquisition would increase. In fact, the research shows that on average the cost of customer acquisition rose by £91,985 after a breach. “Despite growing awareness of cybercrime in general, it seems that organisations are still oblivious to the full financial and reputational costs data breaches can bring,” said Dmitry Shesterin, VP of Continue Reading... Read More

Faronics to Release Deep Freeze for Windows 8

Latest reboot-to-restore software will offer advanced protection for Windows 8 workstations 16th October 2012 – Faronics, a global leader in simplifying, securing and managing multi-user computer environments, announced that Deep Freeze for Windows 8, the newest version of its instant system restore software, will coincide with the launch of the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. The release of Deep Freeze for Windows 8 signals the company’s commitment to protect Windows 8 workstations and enable them to operate consistently at 100 percent capacity while reducing computer support costs. Organisations that manage multi-user computer environments are constantly faced with the challenge of rebuilding computers that suffer from software anomalies and responding to IT support tickets. Limited time and staff resources aren’t the only problems IT administrators must tackle when responding to technical support issues. They also struggle with the ever-increasing security threat of advanced global malware attacks that are extremely challenging to find, diagnose and troubleshoot. Deep Freeze for Windows 8 is a patented instant system restore solution, which protects original workstation configurations by restoring the computer settings to their original condition with a simple reboot. By creating a “Frozen” snapshot of a workstation’s configuration and settings, Deep Freeze for Windows 8 eliminates the need for IT administrators to perform manual rebuilds, re-image, or troubleshoot computers every time something goes awry. Windows 8 compatibility ensures that organisations who own Deep Freeze licenses are easily able to migrate to Windows 8 while still taking advantage of the many benefits of Deep Freeze for Continue Reading... Read More


Power Save Dashboard offers deeper insight into energy consumption across enterprise PCs London – 12 September, 2012 – Faronics, a global leader in simplifying, securing and managing multi-user computer environments, has introduced the Faronics Power Save Dashboard, which offers IT managers a single pane of glass for energy savings across all corporate workstations. The new solution works seamlessly with Power Save, Faronics’ leading PC power management tool, to provide on-demand, web-based reporting of current and potential energy savings, enabling administrators to view multiple reports from a single dashboard. After lighting, idle PCs are the biggest drain on enterprise energy consumption. Faronics Power Save delivers PC power management that does not interfere with user or IT requirements by keeping computers running when users need them and ensuring that they are properly powered down when they don’t. The new Power Save Dashboard enhances this with a centralised view of specifics such as current energy savings, daily consumption and forecasted savings. “We are extremely excited about this latest addition to Power Save, particularly as rising energy costs continue to be one of the biggest bugbears for organisations,” said Dmitry Shesterin, VP, product management at Faronics. “Reducing power consumption has a key role to play in the development and growth of any business, not just in response to proposed regulations or rising energy prices, but also in terms of future commercial opportunities. With this in mind, any solution that can simplify the management and ultimate reduction of desktop energy consumption will help organisations Continue Reading... Read More

Faronics’ Deep Freeze 7.5 makes it even easier to perform essential Windows updates

Latest reboot-to-restore software offers greater protection and a better user experience following customer feedback London, 31st July 2012 – Faronics, a global leader in simplifying, securing and managing multi-user computer environments, has released a new version of its reboot-to-restore software, Deep Freeze 7.5. The latest version simplifies scheduled Windows updates by caching downloads when the computer is in a Frozen state, ready to apply the updates during a Thawed time and optionally shutting down the workstation to conserve power once updates haves been installed. For added security, this version also includes advanced protection of the Master Boot Record (MBR). Organisations today are increasingly challenged with ensuring security and compliance across the IT infrastructure. With around 70,000 new pieces of malware emerging every day, it is essential that security updates and patches are kept up to date to avoid leaving corporate networks vulnerable to zero-day attacks, mutating viruses or unlicensed software. Faronics Deep Freeze provides full workstation protection by ‘freezing’ the computer’s configuration and preventing accidental or malicious damage with every reboot. The reboot-to-restore approach prevents unwanted or unwelcome changes from sticking, ultimately reducing IT support and callout costs. “Typically, Windows updates are timed to take place during a Thawed period, when Deep Freeze protection is off, often late at night,” said Heman Mehta, the Deep Freeze product manager. “However, this required IT managers to be able to estimate how long the updates would take, so Deep Freeze protection could be timely reactivated. With Deep Freeze 7.5, Windows updates are cached Continue Reading... Read More

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