SOURCE: Winternals Software

May 08, 2006 09:05 ET

Clear Channel Deploys Winternals Protection Manager to Prevent Malware With Zero Day Control

Product Provides Administrator Controlled Windows Security; Enforces Software Compliance While Effectively Managing Cultural Resistance

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 8, 2006 -- Winternals Software®, a leading provider of systems recovery and protection solutions for the Microsoft enterprise, today announced that Clear Channel Radio Minneapolis has deployed Winternals Protection Manager™ to the Windows enterprise at the company's IT location in Minneapolis. Protection Manager is being used to enforce security policies and prevent malware and other threats to Clear Channel's Windows systems. The product also allows Clear Channel to manage system lockdown in a more culturally acceptable manner through a multi-phased deployment process that allows for limited user capabilities in addition to the standard administrator or user only privileges.

"In every business there is a trade off between control and productivity," said Robert Guidarini, IT Manager at Clear Channel. "We don't want to hamper user productivity, but we do want to control the computing environment. With Protection Manager my end-users can access all of the applications they need to do their jobs, without exposing their systems to malicious software that can cause downtime and lost data."

Protection Manager is a Windows enterprise security solution that prevents malicious applications from executing and provides administrators with granular control of user and application privilege levels. Rather than only stopping known vulnerabilities, as conventional antivirus and antispyware solutions do, Protection Manager proactively intercepts all applications and then only allows those specifically authorized to run, while optionally adjusting its security privileges.

At Clear Channel the product is being implemented specifically to limit users to a least privilege access status while allowing the company's essential legacy and industry-specific software to continue running with administrative privileges. This enables employees to continue running all business critical applications without risking exposure to malicious software that can occur when users have administrator rights.

"In most organizations there's no choice but to let users run as administrators because of the legacy applications they need to access," Guidarini said. "Some products let you lock down computers but don't allow you to elevate rights for select applications. Protection Manager gives us that control."

Protection Manager also lets Clear Channel regulate software compliance. By allowing the IT staff to approve the particular applications that run, Protection Manager can restrict employees from installing software that is not licensed for a particular computer.

"Our IT department no longer has to spend time trying to enforce software policy, auditing computers, and instructing the users which applications they can and cannot run on their workstations," Guidarini said. "Protection Manager puts that policy in place, and its gradual, tiered deployment process helps me manage cultural resistance and offset any opposition from users."

Guidarini said that he has already realized benefits from using Protection Manager. The product has prevented untrusted applications from running, including several instances of malicious software. The result is time savings for the IT staff and increased productivity for end-users. Clear Channel systems administrators do not have to manually remove malicious software or repair systems damaged by malware, while end-users are not affected by degraded performance or downtime resulting from harmful applications.

"Protection Manager was developed to prevent unauthorized applications from executing while also providing a least privilege environment, a combined capability that was previously unavailable in the market," said Edwin Brasch, president and CEO of Winternals. "Clear Channel Radio Minneapolis recognized the need for this new solution for securing the Windows enterprise, and has already experienced significant, real world benefits from Protection Manager."

Clear Channel decided to implement Protection Manager throughout its Minneapolis location after participating in the beta program for the product. Clear Channel also has licenses for Winternals Recovery Manager and Administrator's Pak, the company's Windows system repair and data recovery solutions.

About Winternals

Founded in 1996, Winternals provides systems recovery and protection solutions for Microsoft-based enterprises worldwide. Winternals solutions empower IT professionals to protect data and mission critical systems against attacks and failures, and ensure rapid recovery when failures occur. By accelerating recovery, improving data integrity, increasing security, and optimizing performance, Winternals reduces the total cost of ownership for the Microsoft enterprise. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Winternals is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner that counts among its customers 49 of the Fortune 50 and 97 of the Fortune 100. For more information on Winternals visit www.winternals.com.

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