Write-Protect Your Hard Drive

By Tim Gray | Posted December 15, 2004

Centurion Technologies moves to the head of the class today as it releases its hard drive protection software and a version of its remote management technology for SMBs and the enterprise.

Cornerstone, its newest hard drive protection tool, and CompuGuard Control Center (CCC), a remote management software program for networked computers, have been largely successful on school, college and university campuses, the company said.

Keith Rickman, vice president of Centurion, said the desktop security arena has been screaming for assistance to help secure business and publicly accessed computers, and he believes the company's latest offerings do just that.

"There is no one taking this kind of technology into the corporate, SMB or home marketplace," Rickman said. "No one else is doing this to our knowledge."

Write Protected
What's unique about Cornerstone, said Rickman, is that it write-protects a hard drive from permanent changes. It restores the computer to the optimal configuration settings established during installation as soon as the computer is rebooted, rendering spyware and malware powerless.

Upon installation, the software creates an area Rickman call "persistent storage." "This is where you store the various folders and files that you want stored permanently on the drive," he said. "Everything else gets stored in a temporary section of the hard drive, and when you reboot, the temporary area is wiped clean."

The security application also accepts advanced remote management commands from CCC, which is sold separately, allowing network administrators to register and transfer licenses, automate and customize deployment settings, and establish auto updates of all Centurion applications.

The CCC technology is based on its predecessor Network Controller/License Manager (NCLM), which allows administrators to enable and disable protection remotely. Other features include: remote license management and remote user password management, and it controls Centurion's other products, such as DriveShield, MacShield and CenturionGuard.

"School IT administrators have been using NCLM for years and appreciate the unique features it provides," Rickman said. "CCC was developed in response to the feedback we received from our customers using NCLM, and we are excited to bring this new product to market."

Tim Derstine, the company's business development manager, said the jump to the business market spurred greater demands on developing and improving the technology.

"When we started, the products satisfied the education market," he said. "Now we've branched off and introduced a business extension of the toolset."

Pricing for Cornerstone begins at $40 per user and can drop to $19.75 depending on the volume of licenses. The numbers for CCC range from $200 per computer managed to $10,400 for a block of up to 5,000 computers.

Adapted from internetnews.com.

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