SAIC Manages Threat of Open Device Ports with DeviceLock

SAN RAMON, CA (September 10, 2004) – Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has implemented SmartLine’s DeviceLock solution, SmartLine said Thursday.

SAIC is focused on data security when it comes to its internal IT networks. The IT staff at one location recognized that floppy disk and CD-ROM devices open to normal user access could pose a security hole, and they took steps to lock them down. The team considered locking down the ports in the BIOS; however, it seemed a drastic approach to solving a simple problem. They wanted users to be able to access the devices on their workstations when necessary and appropriate.

Adjusting permissions on each PC individually would be a time-consuming process, especially given that they were making decisions for systems operated by 300 employees across their location. Eventually, they opted to install DeviceLock due to its comparative ease of implementation and the fact that a system administrator would be able to adjust open/locked settings of PC devices from a central location. Installation was easy and they’ve been satisfied with the solution.

About SAIC.

A top information technology and systems integration contractor to government, healthcare and business, SAIC ( has built its multi-billion dollar business on making IT decisions that are both smart and safe. SAIC takes on high-profile projects that set a standard for security in a given domain. For example, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has enlisted SAIC to design its IT foundation. And SAIC is also involved in bringing state-of-the-art security to the healthcare domain through its work with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, on a project known as PCASSO for patient-centered access to secure systems online.

About SmartLine Inc.

Since its inception in 1996, SmartLine Inc provides information security and network management solutions to organizations that rely on Microsoft Windows technologies. SmartLine’s proven expertise with access control technologies helps customers improve security, productivity and system availability. IT professionals choose SmartLine solutions to administer, audit and protect these critical systems. The company’s customers include BAE SYSTEMS, AEROTEC Engineering GmbH, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, and various state and federal government agencies and departments. SmartLine is an international organization with offices in San Ramon, California and Milan, Italy.

About DeviceLock.

DeviceLock enables network administrators to centrally control uploading and downloading activity through local computer devices. With DeviceLock you can lock out unauthorized users from USB and FireWire devices, WiFi and Bluetooth adapters, CD-Rom and floppy drives, infrared, serial and parallel ports and many other plug-and-play devices.

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