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FullArmor Updates IntelliPolicy for Clients

FullArmor is shipping the latest release of its IntelliPolicy user policy-enforcement client for Windows desktops.

IntelliPolicy for Clients 1.5 adds the ability to set the user rights on an application without changing the user’s privileges, the ability to lock down applications like Outlook, Office and Internet Explorer, and to reset local administrators’ passwords.

“Customers told us that security is the biggest driver for them, and we took that to heart [with version 1.5],” says Danny Kim, CTO at Boston-based FullArmor.

The new version adds the ability to assign rights to an application rather than the user. This enables administrators to assure that applications such as anti-virus software and custom corporate applications that require users to have administrator rights will still run, but in a secured environment.

“A lot of older applications run under the context of the user, which violates security policies,” says Kim. By elevating the applications’ privileges but not the users’ privileges, those legacy applications can run in a secure manner.

The opposite is true as well in version 1.5. “We can dynamically restrict users’ rights so that they will not be capable of propagating a virus across the corporate network,” Kim says. Policy restrictions can be assigned based on new criteria as well – for instance, by location, or type of computer.

Additionally, IntelliPolicy for Clients 1.5 can also restrict access to USB storage devices. “[Users] will still be able to use other USB drivers like mice and printers, but not for data transfer,” Kim says. “Or it can allow data transfer in [to the computer] but not out.”

IntelliPolicy for Clients 1.5 will be available for purchase and download on May 31 and costs $7 per managed PC.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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