Central management enhancements include the addition of forensic-level auditing and reporting at the file level.
Government, enterprises, and small and midsized businesses have new tools
for safeguarding critical data on removable storage media with enhancements to
Imation's Defender Collection Software Suite.
At the 2011 Storage Visions Conference held this week, Imation announced
additional Defender Collection software functionality that allows for central
management, PC-based removable storage management, storage device management
Part of the full line of Imation Defender Collection secure data-storage
solutions, the Defender Collection Software Suite offers the ability to
customize and enforce device authentication and security policies and the
capability to deploy and manage removable storage devices.
The Defender Collection Software Suite has options for reporting, as well as
the ability to recover passwords, manage keys, and remotely disable lost or
stolen devices. Enhancements to the Defender Collection Software include
features for both central management (available in Defender Collection Control
Server) and PC-based removable storage and device management (available in
Defender Collection Control Client).
Central-management enhancements include the addition of forensic-level auditing
and reporting at the file level for compliance in regulated industries. In
addition, a new "remote kill" function allows for disabling devices that have
been lost or stolen, and distributed provisioning allows for management and
configuration of multiple devices in remote locations. Defender Collection
Control Server also manages other secure storage products and devices,
including Defender Collection optical media.
PC-based device-level management enhancements include the ability to define
what types of removable storage can be used or blocked on a given system,
allowing IT and security officers to prevent data theft and avoid viruses on USB
flash, optical, removable hard disk, flash memory cards and even MP3 players.
The Defender Collection Control Client defines how removable storage devices
can be used, granting full access, read-only or forced encryption, giving
administrators the flexibility to grant or deny access to specific files
without affecting access to other files on the device.
Control Client software includes functionality to control the types of files
that can be copied to removable storage devices, either by all or part of the
file name or file extension, and administrators will have the ability to deploy
antivirus or force a scan prior to reading any removable storage device.
In addition, the Defender Collection includes secure optical media, USB
flash and USB hard drives, with options for
antivirus, strong password, fingerprint identification, and integration with
common access and personal-identity-verification cards. All feature 256-bit AES
(Advanced Encryption Standard) technology and are engineered to meet
international standards including FIPS (Federal Information Processing
Standards) validation and TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) compliance.
"Businesses of all sizes need a versatile, flexible suite of software to
help them effectively manage security on removable storage media," said Subodh
Kulkarni, chief technology officer and senior vice president at Imation. "The robust
functionality we've added to the Defender Collection Software Suite gives IT
management and security officers the tools they need to help users share data
with those who need it and are authorized to access it, while preventing
critical data from getting into the wrong hands."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.