If you're serious about endpoint security, take a look at PatchLink's Sanctuary Suite. We tested the 4.1.3 version in our Syracuse University InformationWeek Labs and found its application- and device-control features essential to helping IT departments put teeth behind corporate policies.
Using Sanctuary, IT can create whitelists of approved applications; software not on the lists simply won't execute. It also enforces policies around the use of removable media and connectivity options, including wireless LANs and Bluetooth.
On the downside, Sanctuary will cause administrative headaches: Some employees will clamor for exceptions, leading to a multitude of policies to manage, and any application whitelist requires constant vigilance to include the latest versions of mission-critical apps and browser plug-ins. But given today's regulatory climate and the never-ending hit parade of malware that people bring into the business environment, we say, pop a few Advil and get over it.
PatchLink is competing in this space with Bit9's Parity, which uses both blacklists and whitelists to define applications that can run on managed PCs. Its device-control feature can enable or disable the use of removable media and log data being copied to portable storage systems. Data-leak prevention vendors also are releasing client software that includes device control. Code Green Networks, for example, offers a client that can prevent sensitive files from being reproduced, and Vontu's Vontu 7 alerts administrators if restricted data is copied to removable media.