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December 17, 2008

Cynapspro adds ITIL-based USB control

External data devices security can be managed as part of core service management operation

By Jason Stamper

USB device management and data loss prevention software supplier, Cynapspro will next year release a new version of its device security system that fits the demands of IT shops working to ITIL-compliant service management processes.

An upgraded integration interface will mean that the access rights, encryption settings and audit functions of the Cynapspro line can be automatically set from any service management or helpdesk console.

Sites using Touchpaper, HP or BMC suites will then be able to include the security of external data devices as a routine that can be managed as part of their core service management operation.

Cynapspro’s devicepro device management system controls and restricts the use of USB and external storage devices to approved white listed device types, by manufacturer, model or individual devices.

Unmanaged mobile storage media, in particular memory sticks and external hard drives that are connected through the USB port, are a threat to any institution.

It’s estimated that 75% of all Fortune 1000 companies have already fallen victim to an accidental or malicious data loss, partly because security controls are not well integrated into service management routines.

Cynapspro produces a trio of products that together control access to ports and external storage media, encrypts software saved to USB sticks or other external devices, and work as an anti-malware module to restrict the use of applications to approved software.

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