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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany)

Freiburg University benefits from proactive protection against portable storage devices.

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities and is now one of the nation’s leading research and teaching institutions.
The University of Freiburg is building on the original disciplines of theology, law, medicine, and philosophy; it cherishes its mission of passing on the classical cultural heritage to new generations and continuing the southern German liberal tradition. At the same time, the university is dedicated to defining and pioneering new research areas and promoting a strategically interweaving of the natural and social sciences with the humanities.

The Challenge

The University has a number of computer pools with high-speed internet access that are frequently used by students. In the past students have used the benefits of the high-speed internet access for personal use to download large amounts of data and transferring such data to portable storage device e.g. USB Flash Drives for personal use. The challenge was to prevent such behavior and to proactively manage the use of portable storage devices without limiting productivity for the computer pools administrators and users. To simply disable the use of USB via the PCs bios is not possible since USB functionality is a requirement of input devices like keyboards and mouse.

Why Endpoint Protector?
  • Efficient central web-based administration
  • Complete control of all popular device types
  • Increases overall system security
The Solution

Freiburg University began to look for ways to proactively manage the use of removable storage devices without interfering with user productivity that use portable storage devices legitimately.
The University of Freiburg chose Endpoint Protector 2008 for several reasons including accurate and granular device control; complete audit trail of portable device use and the web-based central manageability.

Additionally the ability to centrally grant or deny rights for the use of controlled device types in real time was an essential requirement to keep administrative efforts for the IT Administrators to a minimum.

With the integrated Endpoint Protector Reporting Tool, the Freiburg University IT administrators can audit effectively what users are trying to use different kinds of devices while being able to directly respond in case of unsound device use.
The installation of Endpoint Protector Server on a Windows 2003 Server within the universities existing server infrastructure and on the protected Windows XP client systems was realized within a short timeframe with CoSoSys support engineers on standby.

Endpoint Protector overall increases the entire systems and networks security.

Endpoint Protector overall increases the entire systems and networks security.
IT Administrator at Freiburg University
The case study is also available for download