As we approach the end of 2011, the Avecto product development team have been busy putting the finishing touches to Privilege Guard 3.0 (Edit: now Defendpoint), along with two brand new modules for Privilege Guard - the Privilege Guard Reporting Pack and the Privilege Guard McAfee ePO Integration Pack. On the run up to Christmas we’ll be giving you a sneak preview of all this exciting new technology, which you can get your hands on at the start of the New Year.

First up is Privilege Guard 3.0, with a new look management console that is both striking to look at and wonderfully intuitive. As you move beyond the obvious visual enhancements, you will find full search capabilities, which allow you to quickly locate policy items and navigate to them with ease.

As you dig deeper you will find many improvements to the core product. The new policy filters section makes it possible to restrict policies based on any combination of users and groups, computer names and IP addresses (including the ability to check remote desktop connections), time of day and expiry time.

The comprehensive messaging system has always set the Privilege Guard solution apart from all other privilege management solutions when it comes to the end user experience. With beautifully rendered message previews, a new message designer and even more capabilities, the experience just got even better in version 3.0. You can now let departmental administrators authorize applications for users, or control and audit support desk personnel, who need to gain administrative access to a user’s desktop.

We’ve also introduced more application validation options, including parent process checks, and the ability to limit child inheritance to a subset of applications, ensuring that Privilege Guard continues to be the most powerful and flexible privilege management solution on the market.

For shared workstation environments, Privilege Guard can be configured to enable standard users to unlock a workstation, an operation that would usually be restricted to local administrators.

Keep tuned to the Avecto blog over the coming days, as we preview the new Reporting Pack and the new McAfee ePO Integration Pack.

Introducing Defendpoint

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