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Winternals Starts Beta Program
BOSTON -- Winternals Software® announced a call for Protection Manager 2.0 beta testers today at Microsoft Tech-Ed 2006. The beta program is open to qualified Windows professionals in midmarket and enterprise organizations with Microsoft Windows infrastructure and security management responsibilities. People interested in the beta program can visit the Winternals booth (#133) at Tech-Ed or email [email protected] for more information.
Protection Manager is a Windows enterprise security solution that prevents malicious applications from executing and also provides administrators with granular control of user and application privilege levels. Rather than stopping only known vulnerabilities, as conventional antivirus and anti-spyware solutions do, Protection Manager proactively intercepts all applications and then allows only those specifically authorized to run, while optionally adjusting application security privileges. Protection Manager minimizes the risk of security breaches by preventing the execution of unknown applications, helping enforce security policies, and thwarting attacks that depend on Administrator-level privileges.
The forthcoming Protection Manager 2.0 will add significant new capabilities to enhance Protection Managers multi-tiered defense against malicious software attacks and other harmful applications, while simultaneously bringing powerful new privilege features that make running as a Limited User on Windows even easier than 1.0. Version 2.0 will feature the industry-unique ability for local Users (or Administrators with reduced Internet Explorer privileges) to install administrator-trusted ActiveX controls. Protection Manager will be the first product capable of allowing Users to install and run trusted Active X controls, using a patent-pending installation method.
Adding ActiveX control installation to Protection Manager 2.0 solves a significant dilemma at our organization, said Robert Guidarini, IT Manager at Clear Channel Communications and a current Protection Manager customer. This new feature gives me the ability to control the use of several web-based applications which use ActiveX and are critical applications for our users, simultaneously reducing Internet Explorers privilege levels in order to prevent exposure to malicious applications.