Norwich and Peterborough Building Society protects against USB risks with DeviceLock

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As one of the largest building societies in the U.K, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society (N&P) employs over 1,000 people. N&P realizes that in today's corporate networks, it is essential that systems are protected against viruses, worms and Trojans, all of which can be infiltrated through USB and FireWire ports. Not only that but it is essential that networks are protected from internal security breaches; the risk of which has increased as a result of 'plug and play' devices which can transfer data at lightning speed.

Norwich and Peterborough Building Society has implemented SmartLine's DeviceLock solution, SmartLine Inc said Tuesday.

After investigation and testing, N&P's general manager, IT, David Matthewman, chose DeviceLock as N&P's preferred security software tool.

Mr. Matthewman, said in a prepared statement that the IT team found DeviceLock easy to install, using Microsoft SMS to remotely install at N&P's principal office, at branch workstations and servers. With the latest DeviceLock upgrade, the team will be able to simply deploy DeviceLock through the Active Directory. According to Mr. Matthewman, "Users are now unable to access devices without our consent. Without DeviceLock we would not have been able to monitor in such a way and could have been at danger of being infected by viruses and Trojans via a number of unknown devices."

Mr. Matthewman also found DeviceLock to be extremely cost-effective and user-friendly: "License costs were favorable and in addition, the deployment and administration has been straightforward - upgrades have been installed without any problems. We are very satisfied with DeviceLock."

About Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.

With assets of $6.2 billion and members in the region of 336,000, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society (N&P) is the 14th largest building society in the UK. It employs over 1,000 people: 450 at its principal office and contact centre and approximately 560 employees at its 50 strong branch network and within its group companies. N&P strives to be the "best independent regional building society in the UK by remaining mutual and providing a quality service to its customers". In 2004, it was voted "Best Building Society" in two separate consumer awards (Mortgage and Mortgage Advisor & Home Buyer magazines).

About SmartLine Inc.

Since its inception in 1996, SmartLine Inc provides information security and network management solutions to organizations that rely on Microsoft Windows technologies. SmartLine's proven expertise with access control technologies helps customers improve security, productivity and system availability. IT professionals choose SmartLine Inc solutions to administer, audit and protect these critical systems. The company's customers include BAE SYSTEMS, AEROTEC Engineering GmbH, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, and various state and federal government agencies and departments. SmartLine Inc is an international organization with offices in San Ramon, California and Milan, Italy.

About DeviceLock.

DeviceLock enables network administrators to centrally control uploading and downloading activity through local computer devices. With DeviceLock you can lock out unauthorized users from USB and FireWire devices, WiFi and Bluetooth adapters, CD-Rom and floppy drives, infrared, serial and parallel ports and many other plug-and-play devices.

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Press kit is available at: http://www.protect-me.com/dl/press_kit.html

Download Evaluation Copy of DeviceLock from: http://www.protect-me.com/devicelock.zip (1.4MB)

Program Information URL: http://www.protect-me.com/dl/

SmartLine Inc

2010 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 100

San Ramon, CA 94583, USA

Phone (toll-free): 1-866-6-NTLOCK

Fax: 1 646 349-2996

WEB: http://www.protect-me.com

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