Avecto Ltd, the leader in Windows privilege management, today announced that its Privilege Guard 2.6 was named as a GOLD medal winner of the "2010 Editor's Best Awards" in the 'Best Security Product' by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro® magazine.

"The 2010 Editors' Best Awards-presented in conjunction with our 2010 Community Choice Awards-are a recognition of our editors', contributors', and authors' favorite products of the year," said Jason Bovberg, senior editor at Windows IT Pro. "Our editorial experts' annual tradition of selecting winners based on a product's strategic importance to market, its competitive advantages, and its value to the customer is particularly significant to the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities this year, as we call out exceptional products in an economically tight, highly competitive market.

"Our Editors' Best Awards let us leverage our contributing editors' expertise to provide well-earned recognition to products that exceed industry standards. This year, we've even added valuable, in-the-trenches insight about winning products from our reader community. We're proud to now share this invaluable information with our Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities. Our winners should be extremely proud of this honor of recognition from our editorial experts

Avecto Privilege Guard is the industry's most comprehensive solution for enabling the security principle of least privilege in Windows environments. Privilege Guard eliminates the need to assign admin rights to users and allows enterprises to dynamically assign these rights to applications, tasks and scripts. Privilege Guard enables users to log on to Windows desktops and servers with minimal rights while empowering them to perform their day-to-day role, leading to increased security, simplified compliance with industry regulations and reduced support costs.

"Avecto is honored to be awarded a 'Gold Editors Best' award for 2010," said Tony Bolland, chief executive officer at Avecto. "This is a wonderful accolade and we are delighted to have been recognized as having the best security product by Windows IT Pro. Knowing that we were selected for our product's strategic importance to market, competitive advantages, and the value we deliver to customers is a major achievement for the Avecto team."

About Windows IT Pro

Windows IT Pro is the leading and largest independent voice in Windows IT, with more than 2.5 million visits per month, and consists of a multitude of print and online channels. In addition to the flagship Windows IT Pro magazine, our technology network includes SQL Server Magazine, SharePointPro Connections and DevProConnections. Other online channels include blogs, forums, podcasts, RSS feeds, webinars, virtual events, white papers, newsletters, classes and more. IT professionals get objective, "direct from the trenches" information about Microsoft's latest Windows-based solutions and gain essential insight for keeping business-critical Microsoft applications up and running. For more information, visit www.windowsitpro.com.

Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the United States, serving more than 6 million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 websites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. For additional information about the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.

Update: Privilege Guard is now Defendpoint

Privilege Guard has now evolved into the new security suite, Defendpoint, which encompasses Privilege Management, Application Control and Sandboxing. For more information, please visit www.avecto.com/defendpoint.