Seafish combats security threat with endpoint security provider DeviceLock®
Established in 1981, Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by the four UK government fisheries departments and funded by a levy on seafood. The authority works across all sectors of the seafood industry to promote good quality, sustainable seafood. The organisations work focuses on research and projects aimed at raising standards, improving efficiency and ensuring the continued development of the industry as a whole.
With over 70 per cent of the organization working remotely, Seafish was experiencing an increase in the number of viruses that were coming into the company through USB devices. It was also committed to comply with government legislation pertaining to the loss of personal and business critical data.
"Having adopted DeviceLock, Seafish is now compliant with government requirements on secure remote working - as a non departmental public body that is very important for us," said John Watson, senior IT officer at Seafish. "When we looked at our options, DeviceLock was the most cost effective option available. The initial trial was a real success, it performed above expectations and didn’t adversely affect our critical systems or hardware - our staff can now use USB devices safely."
"We are very pleased to be helping Seafish ensure it is no longer vulnerable to security breaches by putting all the necessary systems and protection in place before a problem occurs," said Sacha Chahrvin, managing director at DeviceLock UK. "Not only does DeviceLock protect Seafish against virus attack, it also helps to ensure that they comply with data protection legislation."
DeviceLock is a precise and flexible tool for both enforcing security policy and performing audits of activity at end-user computer ports and peripheral devices including Windows Mobile® and Palm® -based personal mobile devices, as well as any type of local, network and virtual printers. From a central console, IT security administrators can control access to ports and devices, as well as log and shadow-copy any uploaded or downloaded data. The product supports user group policies, as well as time-, date- and data flow direction-based permissions. IT security administrators can also define a DeviceLock “white list” of USB devices, ensuring user access to specific devices regardless of any other restrictions that would otherwise be imposed based on device class or model. In addition, DeviceLock blocks operations of USB and PS/2 hardware keyloggers.
DeviceLock features a comprehensive central management console natively integrated with Microsoft Active Directory® including Group Policies support, thus making the process of device access control easy and simple for corporate security administrators. DeviceLock’s administrative functions can be shared among multiple security administrators with different roles defined from the DeviceLock management console.
DeviceLock’s Data Shadowing feature facilitates security audits because it captures complete copies of any data files that end users have transferred to mobile or removable storage devices. All event and data shadowing logs gathered at DeviceLock-protected computers are automatically collected to a central SQL-based database for further audit and analysis.