GFI LanGuard is a solution that we install locally in our environment, does not require expensive and extensive infrastructure. The solution is flexible and can work both with and without an agent in the architecture, and in the second option is not felt by the user and does not load the resources of the device. Product management is simple and intuitive and does not require advanced technical knowledge.
LanGuard’s main area of activity is scanning devices running on our network to detect vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities that threaten its security. Devices can be desktops, laptops, printers, as well as network devices – such as routers or access points.
Scans can be performed automatically, according to the schedule we set, or at any other time on demand. The solution can identify more than 60 thousand. There are gaps and their database is constantly updated. When disturbing threats are identified, we adopt both recommendations for future action and tools to address the identified problems.
What additional information can we get after the scan?
After scanning the network, we get a complete view of the connected devices: information about the installed software, open ports or weak passwords. Other information about the equipment, including the serial number, is available – this is very useful for audits and inventory.
The tool manages patches for operating systems, third-party programs and web browsers. LanGuard is compatible with Microsoft®, Mac OS X® and Linux® operating systems. Automatically loads missing patches and performs updates. It also supports third-party patch management such as Apple QuickTime®, Adobe Flash® Player, Java® Runtime and more. It automates vulnerability patches for the most popular web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome Apple, Apple Safari ® and Opera ™. Thanks to the above, we will take care of our security, correct errors and improve the performance of the software we use every day.
GFI LanGuard includes a reporting module that allows you to create text and graphic reports based on information obtained from network security scans. The choice of predefined reporting forms is very wide. There are more technical reports that are useful for both IT staff, as well as executive reports with less technical details and more general statistics – a type of report that is extremely useful for audit departments or management. The ability to create compliance reports such as HIPPAA, PCI DSS or ISO / IEC 27001 is also very important. We can create them in popular formats: PDF, HTML, XLS, XLSX, RTF and CSV.
Lately, we often perform our duties remotely, outside the company. Thanks to the LanGuard web console we can Check the dashboard for information about problems, missing patches or updates, security vulnerabilities, and other important information that provides information about the security status of the entire network from anywhere with Internet access. Depending on the option, it is possible to grant access to the console by selecting appropriate roles that restrict or expand its usability.
Overall, GFI LanGuard is a patch management and network audit solution that allows you to easily manage and maintain the protection of devices on your local network. It acts as an existing virtual security consultant in response to our request. It is tailored to the needs of each enterprise and will allow you to grow your business safely without greatly reducing your budget.
The article was prepared in cooperation with Bakotech