GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control Released

For immediate release

GFI releases freeware version of GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control

Administrators can now control removable media devices on five network
machines for free.

London, UK, 28 September 2004 – GFI is launching a freeware version of GFI
LANguard Portable Storage Control (P.S.C.), its new network security product
that can prevent unauthorized users from taking information from the network
or introducing malware via USB (Universal Serial Bus) sticks and other
removable media (such as floppies and CDs). The product also allows
administrators to control the connection of devices that can register storage
in Windows, such as iPods, smartphones, digital cameras and handhelds. GFI is
offering a full version of GFI LANguard P.S.C. for five machines as freeware.

The need to control entry and exit of data via USB sticks and other devices

Companies are investing heavily in network anti-virus software, email and web
content security, and firewalls. Yet, in most companies, any user at the
office can plug in a USB stick and take in/out 1GB of data. This poses a
tremendous threat: Users can take confidential data that they have access to,
or they can introduce viruses, Trojans, illegal software and more – actions
that can severely affect an organization and its network. Yet, so far,
companies had no way of controlling this.

GFI LANguard P.S.C. changes all this by giving the administrator control over
which users can plug in a USB or other removable storage device and access CDs
and floppies.

A serious new threat to businesses

This is necessary because portable devices containing a USB or FireWire
connection are a serious threat to businesses: In a July 2004 report,
technology analyst Gartner named portable storage devices as a significant new
security risk in the workplace and advised that these can be used both to
download confidential data, and also to introduce a virus into the company
network. Gartner’s report listed pocket-sized hard drives that connect using
FireWire or USB hard drive or keychain drive, disk-based MP3 players such as
the iPod, and digital cameras with smart media cards, memory sticks, compact
flash and other memory media as potential security threats.

How GFI LANguard P.S.C. works

To provide network administrators with network-wide control (commercial
version) of which users can plug in a USB or other removable storage device,
GFI LANguard P.S.C. installs a small footprint agent on the user’s machine.
This agent is only 1.2MB in size – the user will never know it is there. GFI
LANguard P.S.C. includes a remote deployment tool, allowing administrators to
deploy the agent to hundreds of machines with just a few clicks. After
installation, the agent queries Active Directory when the user logs on and
sets permissions to removable storage accordingly. If the user is not a member
of a group that is permitted access, then access to the device/CD/floppy is

About the freeware version

The GFI LANguard P.S.C. freeware version can be downloaded from The download is a full version of GFI LANguard
P.S.C. (7.6MB) that times out after the 60-day evaluation period, unless a
special freeware key for a five-computer version is entered; this key is
e-mailed to downloaders automatically after they download the product. The
product manual can be viewed online or downloaded here. User-to-user support is available

About GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control (commercial version)

GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control (P.S.C.) grants administrators
network-wide control over which users can use removable storage such as USB
sticks, CDs, floppies, smartphones, MP3 players, handhelds, digital cameras
and more. It is available from distributors around the world or online at the
GFI Web site. It is highly cost-effective with prices
starting at US$295 to monitor up to 25 computers; a version for up to 100
computers costs US$495. For more information and to download the product, one
can visit

About GFI

GFI is a leading provider of network security, content security and messaging
software. Key products include the GFI FAXmaker fax connector for Exchange and
fax server for networks; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and
anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI
LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) security scanning and patch
management software; GFI Network Server Monitor that automatically sends
alerts, and corrects network and server issues; GFI LANguard Security Event
Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and
network-wide event log management; and GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control
that enables network-wide control of removable media. Clients include
Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, Shell Oil Lubricants, NASA, DHL,
Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has offices in the US, the UK,
Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta, and operates through a
worldwide network of distributors. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
and has won the Microsoft Fusion (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the
Year award.

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For more information and review copies:

Please e-mail Angelica Micallef Trigona: [email protected]
GFI Software Ltd – Malta:
Tel: +356 21382418; Fax: +356 21382419.