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Centurion Swaps Education for Enterprise

Centurion Technologies plans to move to the head of the class next week when it releases an enterprise version of its remote management technology and hard drive protection software.

Cornerstone, its newest hard drive protection tool, and CompuGuard Control Center (CCC), a remote management software for networked computers, have been largely successful on school, college and university campuses, the company said.

Keith Rickman, vice president of Centurion, said the desktop security arena has been screaming for assistance to help secure business and publicly accessed computers, and he believes the company's latest offerings do just that.

"There is no one taking this kind of technology into the corporate or home marketplace," Rickman said. "No one else is doing this to our knowledge."

What is unique about Cornerstone, said Rickman, is that it write-protects the user's hard drive from permanent changes. It restores the computer to the optimal configuration settings established during installation as soon as the computer is rebooted, rendering spyware and malware powerless.

The leading feature of the product is, according to Rickman, "persistent storage." This is an unprotected section of the hard drive where users can permanently save work they are not able to save to the company's network.

The security application also accepts advanced remote management commands from CCC, which is sold separately, allowing network administrators to register and transfer licenses, automate and customize deployment settings, and establish auto updates of all Centurion applications.

The CCC technology is based on its predecessor Network Controller/License Manager (NCLM), which allows administrators to remote enable and disable protection. Other features include: remote license management and remote user password management, and it controls Centurion's other products, such as DriveShield, MacShield and CenturionGuard.

"School IT administrators have been using NCLM for years and appreciate the unique features it provides," Rickman said. "CCC was developed in response to the feedback we received from our customers using NCLM, and we are excited to bring this new product to market."

Tim Derstine, the company's business development manager, said the jump to the enterprise market spurred greater demands on developing and improving the technology.

"When we started, the products satisfied the education market," he said. "Now we've branched off and introduced an enterprise extension of the toolset."

Pricing for Cornerstone begins at $42 per seat and can drop to $19.75 depending on the volume of licenses. The numbers for CCC range from $200 per computer managed to $10,400 for a block of up to 5,000 computers.