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GFI LANguard

GFI LanGuard

Network Security Scanner and Patch Management

GFI Lan Guard

LANguard™ is an award-winning network security and vulnerability scanner used by thousands of customers. GFI LANguard provides a complete network security overview with minimal administrative effort, while also providing remedial action through its patch management features.

Your own ‘Virtual Security Consultant’

Easy to set up and use, GFI LANguard acts as a virtual consultant to give you a complete picture of your network set-up, provide risk analysis and help you to maintain a secure and compliant network state faster and more effectively. GFI LANguard assists you in these key areas:

  • Patch management
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Network and software auditing
  • Assets inventory
  • Change management
  • Risk analysis and compliance

Patch Management

Patch management is a feature of utmost importance as missing security patches are one of the main reasons for network security breaches. GFI LANguard helps eliminate this risk by providing on-demand or fully automated detection, downloading and deployment of missing patches. GFI LANguard helps you fix vulnerabilities before they are exploited and reduces the time required to patch machines on your network.

Patch Microsoft operating systems and applications

Through its patch management capabilities, GFI LANguard enables administrators to manage Microsoft patches and service packs for all languages supported by Microsoft. It also provides features like patch rollback and uses an existing WSUS patch repository.

Patch non-Microsoft applications

GFI LANguard also offers patch management support for non-Microsoft software, enabling administrators to detect, LAN - Opswatdownload and deploy missing patches for supported applications in the same way as is done for Microsoft updates. GFI LANguard offers patch management support for many popular applications like Apple QuickTime,  Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox, Java CVE and Oval logosRuntime and others (click here for a full list).

Deploy custom software and scripts

Besides providing automatic patch management, GFI LANguard permits the network-wide deployment of any custom software and scripts that can run silently.

Vulnerability Assessment

GFI LANguard’s vulnerability assessment feature performs over 45,000 checks on your operating system, virtual environments and installed applications using vulnerability check databases such as OVAL and SANS Top 20. GFI LANguard allows you to analyze the state of your network security, what the risks are, how exposed your network is and how to take action before it is compromised.

Network and Software Auditing

GFI LANguard’s network auditing functionality gives you a detailed analysis of what is happening on your network – which applications or default configurations are posing a security risk. With GFI LANguard, you get a complete picture of what applications are installed, the hardware on your network, the state of security applications (AV, anti-spam, firewalls, etc.), what ports are open, any existing shares and services running on your machines.

Assets Inventory

GFI LANguard allows you to create an assets inventory of every device on your network; be they servers and workstations, virtual machines or IP-based hardware such as routers, printers, switches and so on. Asset inventories help you identify devices attached to your network that you were unaware of or had forgotten and these, unless properly patched and secure, could become entry points for hackers and malware.

Change Management

The best way to maintain a secure network over time is to know exactly what’s happening on your network. Changes to configurations that could have security implications, new applications that are installed, services that are started/stopped and so on, are all events that an administrator needs to know about. GFI LANguard gives you a complete history of network changes that are relevant to the security of your network and sends notifications when these occur.

Risk Analysis and Compliance

GFI LANguard makes it easier for the administrator to know what needs to be fixed with urgency. Security issues are rated by their severity level and each computer is given a risk and vulnerability rating so that you know where the main problems on your network are. GFI LANguard provides numerous executive, technical and statistical reports that help you to understand what is happening on the network, to prioritize remediation operations efficiently and to prove, if required, that the network is secure.

Why use GFI LANguard?

  • Automated patch management for Microsoft and other application software
  • Deployment of custom software and scripts
  • Over 45,000 vulnerability assessments carried out across your network, including virtual environment
  • Agent-less or agent-based auditing
  • Reduces the total cost of ownership by centralizing vulnerability scanning, patch management and network auditing
  • Can assist with PCI DSS compliance; learn more.