FRANKFURT: Dell has unveiled a series of new security tools and upgrades designed to help firms tackle the threats posed by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.
The products were unveiled at the Dell Enterprise Forum (DEF) in Germany, as the company outlined the need to protect customers from the myriad threats that now exist on their devices and data.
Firstly, Dell announced its Advanced Endpoint Threat Detection (AETD) managed service. This is designed for Windows machines to help protect devices and provide insights into the threats targeting companies at any point across their estate.
The service integrates Dell SecureWork’s existing Managed Advanced Malware Protection and Targeted Threat Hunting services as well as trained Dell security experts to interpret the activity it monitors.
Dell said it can identify the location of a compromised endpoint and see how it was affected, making it easier for IT teams to deploy patches and fixes for specific devices, rather than having to reimage huge swathes of hardware.
Jeff Longoria, the general manager for Dell SecureWorks in Europe, told V3 that as cyber threats to businesses grow in number and sophistication, the firm has been gathering data on these attacks to help boost its understanding of the threats that exist.
“We have been providing threat intelligence for hundreds of customers based on engagement we have seen after they have been hit and we’ve been called in. We’ve taken that intelligence and incorporated it into this service,” he said.
“Our security operations centres have analysts trained to spot the threat indicators that are being monitored by the platform so they can spot if anything is taking place and warn customers about that activity."
The AETD managed service also includes forensic capabilities, supplied by end-point protection specialists Bit9, so Dell can provide post-incident support to find out how it occurred and how to stop it happening again in future.
Dell also unveiled an update for its Secure Mobile Access (SMA) tool to offer per-app VPN support. Dell said this was vital as the need to access corporate applications and data through mobile devices grows all the time.
SMA will be offered for download across the world by the middle of 2014. It comes as part of an update to the firm’s SonicWALL Mobile Connect 3.1 mobile application, and Dell said this would ensure any application on any platform can be managed as necessary to allow or restrict employee access.
Florian Malecki, EMEA product direct for SonicWall, said, "IT teams can create a white list of apps that staff can access from their devices so they know which apps are being used, accessed and by which staff."
Lastly, Dell announced a new Hardware Crypto Accelerator (HCA), available immediately, that offers Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 level 3 certification.
This can be used to create self-encrypting drives (SED) of select Dell Latitude notebooks, OptiPlex desktops and Precision workstations in order to help firms ensure their devices are protected to as high a standard as possible.
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