Enterprise networking major Dell today announced Dell Data Protection | Threat Defense, a security solution for businesses with limited IT budget.
Dell claims that the Threat Defense uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to proactively prevent, rather than reactively detect, advanced persistent threats and malware including zero day and targeted attacks such as spear phishing or ransomware.
Dell said the security solution offers a significantly higher level of protection, stopping 99 percent of malware execution, far above the average 50 percent efficacy rating of many traditional anti-virus solutions.
“Smaller businesses are often at risk as traditional anti-virus and threat protection solutions can be resource intensive or beyond the means of growing businesses. With Dell Data Protection | Threat Defense, Dell is addressing the needs of this under-served segment with an effective advanced threat prevention solution,” said Brett Hansen, executive director, Data Security Solutions, Dell.
69 percent of small and mid-market businesses say that data security is a burden on their company’s time and budget, according to the recently released Dell Data Security Survey.
65 percent are holding back plans to make their workforce more mobile due to security concerns.
64 percent of employees conduct at least some business at home after business hours, according to the 2014 Dell Evolving Workforce Study.
Dell’s Threat Defense features
Threat Defense consumes one to three percent of CPU resources, a much lower footprint than traditional anti-virus solutions, which means better performance for end users. As the solution does not rely on signature updates, it does not require a continual network connection to the internet to detect threats.
Threat Defense enables administrators to safe-list files at the policy level or via a signed certificate where no threat action will be taken against the file or application to allow for direct control over known secure files and apps.
Threat Defense offers additional script control that prevents malicious ActiveScripts and PowerShell from running. IT administrators can also upload a suspicious file to the cloud for analysis, enabling them to analyze threat vectors they are facing and take better preventative measures.
Dell is selling Threat Defense solution through a subscription-based model to small businesses.
Meanwhile, at SAPPHIRE NOW, Dell announced new solutions and services developed in tie up with SAP.
Dell said this new set of offerings can help customers optimize SAP solution environments running on clouds; deploy IoT enabled solutions; build on specialized healthcare applications; and streamline data migration and analytics with Dell’s world-class services.
IDC predicts that by 2020 the amount of high-value data worth analyzing will double, and 60 percent of information delivered to decision makers will be actionable.