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Dell's New Endpoint Security Suite Focuses On Simplified Management, Speed Of Deployment

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

With increased collaboration and mobility across many organizations, today's endpoints are carrying more corporate data than ever before. There are also more endpoints to worry about, and lost or stolen devices are becoming more prevalent. If you take a closer look at the recent major security breaches, many have one thing in common: they originated with the end user and a typical endpoint.

"It's a rapidly evolving environment and the consequences for failure are incredibly severe," Brett Hansen, executive director of end user computing software and mobility at Dell told Tom's IT Pro in an interview. "And the endpoint is really at the crux of this discussion. Helping our customers address this very challenging environment of increased expectations of protection, increased user expectations, and rapidly evolving market settings provides Dell an opportunity to really help our customers."

Today the company launched its new Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite (DDP | ESS), which is completely separate but complementary to Dell's other endpoint management and security solutions such as Dell SonicWALL, Dell KACE, and the company's enterprise mobility management (EMM) product.

With its new security suite, Dell is looking at the endpoint problem from a software perspective, focusing on creating a single, integrated experience for managing a variety of different endpoints and meeting compliance requirements. The standalone software suite is available on both Dell and non-Dell hardware, but the company is offering custom factory installation as an option on Dell clients to increase the speed of deployment. The company also pointed out that installing the suite on Dell clients offers increased security due to a "unique hardware-software integration."

The new suite includes an endpoint data protection and encryption component, which stems from Dell's acquisition of Credant technologies back in 2012, along with authentication and core threat protection capabilities. Dell's data protection component allows for encryption of local drives and external media, with an option for hardware encryption. This means that Dell encrypts individual data, so that encryption moves with the data across different devices. IT can retract the encryption key and the data remains secure, even on lost or stolen devices.

"The technology provides a superior approach to addressing your endpoint data protection and encryption needs," said Hansen.

The encryption technology also includes support for BitLocker and self-encryption drives (SED) along with agentless security for Android and iOS devices. The authentication technologies offer FPS 201 smartcards and fingerprint reader capabilities as well as multi-factor authentication and Windows password reset via smartphone. The threat protection component includes antivirus, anti-spyware, host intrusion prevention, web security and content filtering, in addition to a host firewall.

"We've integrated these different offerings into a single solution with a common management, deployment and reporting tool," Hansen explained. "What makes our suite different from what's out there on the market is that it's truly a suite. A lot of the suites that are marketed today are a collection of tools under a single SKU. We didn't take that approach."

Dell Endpoint Security Suite Management Console. Image courtesy of Dell.Dell Endpoint Security Suite Management Console. Image courtesy of Dell.Indeed, on the management side, IT professionals can look forward to a single pane of glass management console (with a virtual console as an option) that includes consolidated status and compliance reporting. Admins can take advantage of pre-defined encryption policy templates, which can simplify deployment, meeting a variety of compliance needs. The templates can be customized to specific environments and use cases, as well.

Dell's Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite is available today. Pricing starts at $129 per client as software for Dell and non-Dell systems, and it goes down to $109 per client when ordered with Dell hardware. Centralized management and compliance reporting are included at no extra charge. To learn more, visit dell.com.

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