Protecting Computers Outside The Lab

Many IT Administrators are using strong security solutions like Deep Freeze to secure their labs. But protecting staff machines outside the lab is often a major IT headache. They’re the source of mountains of support requests and pose a major vulnerability to IT security. Locking down computers with the strength of Deep Freeze can make end users less than satisfied, as they demand more flexibility. So how can IT balance security and flexibility?

According to a recent survey, we learned that 21% of IT Admins are spending too much time – 25% or more troubleshooting machines outside the lab.  The main reasons for troubleshooting were malware infection, degraded system performance, and user support issues. Surprising considering all respondents indicated they used a combination of anti-virus, removing admin rights, group policy, and web filtering.

These solutions are great to form a basis for a solid security infrastructure. But with over 70,000 unique pieces of malware emerging daily, it’s difficult for anti-virus solutions to catch up. It can’t block zero-day threats, mutating malware, and targeted attacks that are specifically designed to by-pass your anti-virus. Policies, rights, and filtering can slow productivity and can easily be by-passed.

So what’s the solution then? Application control is the best way to protect your endpoints. Unlike other approaches that have to keep up with growing number of threats, application control stops malware in its tracks. IT Admins simply identify the trusted applications to run and anything else, whether unwanted, unknown, or malicious, is blocked. Now IT can stop worrying about critical updates and unknown malware.

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Samantha Shah

As a secret nerd, Samantha keeps close tabs on trends, threats, and headlines in IT security to keep you safe from the bad guys. She believes knowledge is power, so Samantha is always on the lookout for new ideas, tips, and best practices to challenge convention and inspire change.