AppSense Announces The AppSense Security Analyzer For Instant Assessment Of Desktop And Server Vulnerability

By | April 3, 2006

AppSense, a leader in endpoint security for the enterprise, today announced AppSense Security Analyzer, a new product designed to help organizations quickly assess the security health of their system endpoints. The Security Analyzer is a free tool that quickly assesses and reports on security vulnerabilities in desktop, notebook and server environments.

AppSense Security Analyzer gives IT and security managers visibility into some of the most common, but often overlooked, endpoint weaknesses by identifying holes that can be exploited by increasingly sophisticated malware, illegal downloads or user-introduced applications. The tool conducts a comprehensive analysis of a system by attempting to run unauthorized applications and perform various non-disruptive activities on the PC, notebook or server. The degree to which it is able to successfully complete these actions indicates the level of risk faced by the device. In less than 60 seconds, AppSense Security Analyzer creates a report that not only identifies where potential vulnerabilities exist, but also provides guidance on how they can best be addressed.

Most companies don´t realize how vulnerable their desktops and servers really are, even with up-to-date anti-virus and firewall systems in place, said Pete Rawlinson, security product marketing manager, AppSense. Because there are so many ways that systems can become infected, it´s vital that enterprises enact a proactive approach to protection rather than one that reactively repairs damage that has already been done. Reflecting our commitment to proactive security, AppSense Security Analyzer allows enterprises to determine how vulnerable their endpoints are and implement measures that ensure malware never gets the chance to affect endpoints.

Common vulnerabilities that AppSense Security Analyzer can expose include the ability for users to: Introduce malicious or damaging executable files or be tricked into introducing them; Modify unprotected registry keys or add new registry data; Download files with altered file extensions, thus introduce executable files; Access low level utilities to compromise system stability; Run .VBS files which are commonly used for malicious purposes such as virus profligation; Inadvertently provide knowledge of the network to a malicious user, allowing them to exploit vulnerabilities;

With the information provided, companies can immediately close their security gaps and eliminate vulnerabilities using AppSense Desktop Security software, which provides proactive protection from malware attacks by preventing unauthorized, rogue and malicious applications from executing.

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