Today we are launching a beta version of our newest product,
a platform that will provide a complete and centralized protection
of your IT infrastructure from viruses, malware, vulnerabilities
and other cyber threats.
The season of software launches at GFI Software has not yet
ended, so just a few weeks after presenting
GFI OneConnect Beta, we are now also launching a beta version
of GFI OneGuard, our new platform product.
GFI OneGuard brings three essential IT security features under
one platform: anti-virus protection, patch management and network
resource management. For this, GFI OneGuard uses elements of proven
GFI Software products, but also technologies from other globally
recognized vendors. To get more details on this new platform
we've spoken with Joe Kern, Director of Product Integration at
GFI TechTalk: What are the main features of GFI OneGuard?
Joe Kern: GFI OneGuard is a centralized network security
platform, providing security and network management features to IT
administrators working in businesses of all sizes. It delivers
real-time antivirus protection, patch management and deployment, as
well as network auditing and asset tracking capabilities.
GFI Software has been offering a patch management solution for a
long time, trusted by thousands of customers around the world to
monitor and prevent unpatched computers from endangering their IT
infrastructure. Some of its modules have been integrated into GFI
OneGuard, but this time we've gone a step further – we
have also integrated the Kaspersky antivirus engine into GFI OneGuard,
so not only that our new platform protects you from unpatched
software vulnerabilities, but also from viruses, malware and many
other modern-day threats.
GFI OneGuard Home screen
GFI TechTalk: You've also mentioned network auditing and
software asset tracking?
Joe Kern: Yes, besides active monitoring of potential virus
infections and software vulnerabilities, GFI OneGuard allows IT
administrators to easily collect information on installed software
and hardware from all Windows machines in their network.
GFI OneGuard view on managed devices
GFI TechTalk: Can you explain how this platform works?
Joe Kern: GFI OneGuard uses a scalable infrastructure which
relies on three components: Platform, Controller and Agents. The
Platform contains all the business logic and a console used to
monitor all the aspects. This component can be installed on a
public or private cloud or on-premise server, and uses SQL Server,
SQL Server Express, LocalDB or even an Azure DB backend for
collecting and processing of all information coming from the
GFI OneGuard Controller is installed on the local network and is
responsible to relay information from the platform to the agents
and vice-versa. There can be multiple controllers in connected to
one platform, either for scalability or for load balancing, and
they are also in charge of deploying agents on devices. And
finally, GFI OneGuard Agents are installed on Windows-based devices
throughout the network, and are in charge of monitoring and
executing remote actions, such as reboots or shutdowns, on local
GFI TechTalk: This is still a beta version. What can we expect
from GFI OneGuard as it approaches its final version?
Joe Kern: These core services are just the start of what GFI
OneGuard will ultimately offer; a part of our strategy is to roll
out additional key services, such as device control, server and
services monitoring, web filtering and event log management,
creating a single solution for our customer's needs. The
platform and all its services will constantly evolve with new tools
and services designed to help IT administrators manage business
networks efficiently and with minimal effort.
GFI OneGuard is expected to be released in early 2017, when we
will uncover pricing details and purchase options for our new
platform solution. Until then, we ask you to visit our website, download and test the beta version of GFI
OneGuard, and send us feedback on the product, the setup and
install process, and the overall experience, so that we can make it
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