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April 2008

Product review: Promisec's Spectator

ENDPOINT SECURITY Spectator REVIEWED BY MIKE CHAPPLE Promisec Price: Starts at $20,000 for 500 clients The endpoint security is today's hot button information security issue, and the marketplace is flooded with solutions ranging from costly appliances to distributed software agents. Promisec's Spectator offers a nice compromise, providing a flexible, centrally managed tool that doesn't require installing agents on client systems. Rather, it uses a combination of remote registry access and remote procedure calls to collect data and perform administrative actions on endpoints. Policy Control A   Spectator allows you to inspect host systems for an impressive variety of items. You can inspect hardware settings, checking, for example, whether the system has a modem, multiple NICs, removable media or synchronization software indicative of a portable hardware device. Spectator also checks compliance with your organization's security polices by verifying the presence of antivirus software from 18 manufacturers and the most recent ...

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