ManageEngine Adds USB Device Management

New features to Desktop Central help admins better manage desktop security and compliance

June 18, 2009

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Austin, Texas, June 16, 2009 - ManageEngine, makers of a globally renowned suite of cost effective network, systems, security and applications management software solutions, today announced an update to Desktop Central, the company's web-based Windows Desktop Management Software, with new features designed to control usage of USB devices on desktops across the enterprise.

With the enhanced Desktop Central application, administrators gain an even greater ability to manage desktop security and compliance. Now, from the same familiar Desktop Central management console, administrators may:

  • Enable/Disable specific USB devices, such as portable hard drives, CD-ROM, Bluetooth, etc.

    • Create and apply policies regarding USB access based on employee roles and departments.

    • Generate comprehensive reports on policies and the users and computers that are governed by them.

      The new features announced today join an extensive list of existing Desktop Central capabilities designed to maintain company policies and create ever-more-secure networks. For example, Desktop Central allows administrators to generate vulnerability assessments for better patch management; set user-specific desktop policies, disabling the Add/Remove Programs options in the Control Panel, for example; configure firewall settings to prevent unauthorized access; control and manage file and registry permissions; manage local user and group permissions; control Windows services; and detect and remove unauthorized software. "Before Desktop Central, we had little to no knowledge of our enterprise's security and compliance picture," said Neil Schroeder, Director of Technology, Sioux City Community Schools. "Now we have strong reporting and management functions. We are now in a position to spend much less time running around in the dark trying to individually take care of machines. We have moved from being totally reactive to proactive."

      "With the increasing use of portable USB devices, enterprises are constantly under threat of data theft and are focusing on security and compliance as it relates to these devices," said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, Director of Product Management at ManageEngine. "Desktop Central's Secure USB feature allows administrators to selectively limit the scope of USB device usage, either restricting, blocking or allowing full use, depending on the individual user. This will surely be a step toward protecting sensitive corporate data and also reducing the risk from viruses and spyware."

      Availability and Pricing The updated Desktop Central software is available now for download directly from the ManageEngine website at ManageEngine offers a 30-day evaluation license of the Professional Edition, with pricing starting at $995 for 100 systems. A permanent Free Edition is also available for small businesses.

      About ManageEngine ManageEngine is the leader in low-cost enterprise IT management software. The ManageEngine suite offers enterprise IT management solutions including Network Management, HelpDesk & ITIL, Bandwidth Monitoring, Application Management, Desktop Management, Security Management, Password Management, Active Directory reporting, and a Managed Services platform. ManageEngine products are easy to install, setup and use and offer extensive support, consultation, and training. More than 30,000 organizations from different verticals, industries, and sizes use ManageEngine to take care of their IT management needs cost effectively. ManageEngine is a division of ZOHO Corporation. For more information, please visit

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