Strengths: A good endpoint security solution when attached to a corporate resource.
Weaknesses: Does not provide any device security on mobile platforms.
Verdict: Good endpoint product for securing access via ports and drives to corporate assets. For ease of use, documentation and excellent support we rate DeviceLock Recommended this month.
SummaryDeviceLock is a port-device access, audit and data shadow control solution for the enterprise. It is an endpoint software tool that is Windows-based and managed centrally by DeviceLock administrative consoles or with DeviceLock MMC-generated Group Policy Objects (GPOs) in Active Directory environments. It allows network administrators to assign permission for ports, drives and other removable media.
DeviceLock provides security to portable devices by managing access via the ports used when they are docked for synchronization. For PDA and smartphone security, DeviceLock manages "docked" data flow synchronization between PDAs and Windows-hosted PCs. The tool's layered security works on five levels - device port, class, type, model and serial number - to granularly secure data flow between these devices and DeviceLock-managed PCs. It secures and audits all Windows ports and devices.
We installed DeviceLock directly onto our Windows XP workstation and began to test policy for connecting our various portable devices. DeviceLock supports Windows Mobile and Palm OS. Version 6.4.1 adds support for Apple iPhones and RIM BlackBerry. The installation was quick and very simple, and the interface was easy to use.
Reports are available for event and log data and user activity. Several general reports and email delivery of the reports is available. The centralized logging and reporting met our expectations.
The supplied documentation was very good and walked us through installation and setup of the software.
The tool comes standard with one year of support and includes 24/7 web and email access and eight hours a day/five days a week phone support.
This is an easy-to-use solution for managing portable devices when they are attached to corporate resources.