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Dell Launches Endpoint Security Product for Air-Gapped Systems

Dell announced on Thursday the availability of a new version of its Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise product designed specifically for air-gapped systems.

The solution is designed to protect isolated computers from malware, insiders and other threats using artificial intelligence and predictive mathematical models provided by endpoint security firm Cylance.

Researchers demonstrated in the past years that malware can leverage several methods to exfiltrate sensitive data from air-gapped systems, including through noise, LEDs, heat and radio frequencies.Dell Launches Endpoint Security Product for Air-Gapped Systems

Since isolated systems are not connected to the Internet, the security products installed on them cannot automatically receive regular malware definitions and other updates. By teaming up with Cylance, whose mathematical models only require a few updates per year, Dell has developed a solution that can protect a device without requiring an Internet connection.

In addition to threat protection features, Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise provides data encryption capabilities designed for securing files on any device against both external attacks and insiders (e.g. malicious USB drives). IT teams can enforce encryption policies on multiple endpoints and operating systems without disrupting productivity, Dell said. The product also includes web protection filtering capabilities.

Three versions of Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise are currently available: one for systems with an Internet connection, one for devices that connect to an on-premises server for updates, and one for systems that are completely isolated.

"Highly-regulated organizations and government agencies need to deploy air gap solutions to protect their highly sensitive data, but have been unable to take advantage of the latest security technology that requires cloud connections," said Brett Hansen, vice president of Endpoint Data Security and Management at Dell.

"Dell is responding to their heightened needs by adapting our flagship Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise solution for on-premises, air gap environments – giving these organizations an advanced threat protection solution that has been inaccessible to them before now," Hansen added.

The air gap version of Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise is available now in the United States and other select countries around the world.

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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.