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Absolute Extends Self-Healing Capabilities to Third-Party Software

Vancouver, Canada-based endpoint security company Absolute announced this week the launch of a new product that provides self-healing capabilities to third-party security and management applications.

Vancouver, Canada-based endpoint security company Absolute announced this week the launch of a new product that provides self-healing capabilities to third-party security and management applications.

Absolute’s Persistence technology is embedded in the firmware of over one billion PCs and mobile devices from manufacturers such as Dell, ASUS, HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic and Fujitsu. This approach aims to ensure that IT teams are provided uncompromised visibility and real-time remediation capabilities for devices, data and applications.

The company’s Absolute Device & Data Security (DDS) product is designed to allow organizations to monitor endpoints and data stored on computers and cloud storage devices, and quickly address incidents.

Absolute has now announced the availability of Application Persistence, a product that provides self-healing capabilities to third-party endpoint controls, including antiviruses, VPNs, encryption, and management tools.

A recent study has shown that more than half of enterprises have at least six agents installed on their endpoints, and when one of these agents is removed or compromised, the organization can remain exposed to further attacks.

Absolute’s technology aims to address the risk by allowing endpoint agents to repair themselves when removed or compromised by external actors or insider threats, giving enterprises more control over their endpoints, including improved visibility and real-time remediation. Furthermore, it provides IT teams the capabilities needed to ensure that compliance requirements are met.

The company says the self-healing capabilities work even if the machine is not on the corporate network, its firmware is flashed, the hard drive is replaced, or the operating system is reinstalled.

Absolute said its Application Persistence product has already been tested by organizations in the healthcare, financial services and manufacturing industries. The product is available worldwide to enterprises, OEMs, security firms, and independent software vendors (ISVs).

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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