GFI Software: Empowering Businesses with Maximum Network Security

Sergio Galindo, President & COO, GFI SoftwareSergio Galindo, President & COO
Pre-Y2K, a typical robbery scene included the entry of masked men who would force open a safe to procure money, followed by a hail of bullets and a speeding getaway car. Today, in the era of digitization, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), organizations are more at risk from hackers who obtain critical company information without making an inkling of noise. “To counter the adversity of data breaches—cyber insurance is a must for businesses of all sizes to protect firms from internet related risks,” says Sergio Galindo, President and COO, GFI Software. According to a report by PwC, the global cyber insurance market is expected to grow by $5 billion in annual premiums by 2018. In such a scenario, to effectively monitor and manage business networks, GFI Software offers network security and messaging solutions that secure IT environments. Serving customers in over 170 countries, GFI’s family of solutions includes anti-spam, patch management, faxing, archiving, and web monitoring.

While under their Network Security family, the company’s solutions include GFI LanGuard, GFI WebMonitor, and GFI EndPointSecurity; GFI’s Email and Messaging solutions comprise GFI MailEssentials, GFI Archiver, and GFI FaxMaker. To help clients automate network security without added administrative effort, GFI LanGuard is a security tool that supports Microsoft, Linux, and OS X operating systems. “With GFI LanGuard, clients can implement patch management, conduct vulnerability assessments, and attain detailed network auditing,” explains Galindo. While in the past, the internet was mostly a research medium, it has evolved extensively to accommodate large file transfers and provide easy access to external systems— simplifying the job of cybercriminals. Amid these developments, GFI WebMonitor delivers unique web filtering capabilities and also allows administrators to manage system bandwidth utilization. “In addition, our solution applies filtering policies when users travel with company laptops and the web categorization database mitigates threats on both high-traffic websites and infrequently visited websites fraught with equal risk,” remarks Galindo. Also, to mitigate threats posed by portable devices, GFI EndPointSecurity reduces the risk of data leaks and other malicious activities via centralized monitoring and detailed reports of all the activity, boosting protection and security.

Serving customers in over 170 countries, GFI’s family of solutions includes anti-spam, patch management, faxing, archiving, and web monitoring

Curbing all email borne threats, GFI FaxMaker replaces paper-based faxing with an easy electronic process which increases efficiency and productivity. “The solution’s automatic inbound routing capabilities ensure that faxes are sent directly to the recipient’s desktop, eliminating the risk of being discarded or read by an unintended recipient,” points out Galindo. Enabling companies to gain maximum productivity from their data archives, GFI Archiver is not only a repository for files and emails, but also limits legal risks, helps achieve compliance, and houses critical business intelligence.

In the case of a prominent bank, on implementing GFI Archiver, the client was able to track the flow of emails where company information was being disseminated to outsiders. “Our tool helped in locking down the information flow and preventing the data breach,” adds Galindo.

GFI is currently going through an acquisition and Galindo says, “We see ourselves growing aggressively, while leveraging IoT and its dominant role in maintaining security.” In the near future, the company plans on further developing their smartly engineered products and consolidating all company information in a central console which will help clients better identify risks. Armed with over fifteen years of expertise in the IT security space, GFI’s upcoming modular platform is bound to emerge as a solid tool that organizations can count on.

GFI Software develops easier, smarter and affordable enterprise-class IT solutions for businesses. GFI’s solutions enable IT administrators to easily and efficiently discover, manage and secure their business networks, systems, applications and communications wherever they exist. GFI is committed to its thousands of customers worldwide to deliver the trusted expertise, right-sized and smartly engineered IT solutions with a strong focus on security excellence.