Absolute leverages the technology that it embeds in firmware into an endpoint solution which provides an added level of resilience to designated applications.
Vancouver-based security vendor Absolute has brought its self-healing Persistence technology to endpoint applications. With the launch of their first Application Persistence offering, they leverage a core company technology to provide additional protection for third-party endpoint controls like VPN, anti-virus, encryption, and systems management.
“Persistence has been used as an enabling technology that has been the underpinning of our data and device security platform and products,” said Nima Baiati, Absolute’s Senior Director of Product Management. “It allows for great deal of network visibility and has self-healing capabilities. With the massive growth in the number of dispersed employees, this provides that same level of resilience and self healing that we have provided to ourselves to customer endpoints.”
The Persistence technology has been embedded in the firmware of more than one billion PCs and mobile devices worldwide. Baiati said the decision to expand the use of the Persistence technology was definitely driven by customers.
“We’ve had more and more customers who said they use our DDS [Device and Data Security] products and they like the Persistence technology,” he indicated. “They wanted to take it and apply it to other mission critical applications. So this was prompted by customer demand.”
Baiati acknowledged that as far as the overall market goes, there will be a bit of a sales job necessary to explain the value of Application Persistence, but said that the problem itself is well understood.
“In particular, a lot of large organizations build and deploy in-house applications which leverage open source, and these benefit greatly from an added level of resilience,” he said. “Persistence lets them ha build more resilient endpoints, in which the agents on them can self-heal or reinstall on their own if an attempt is made to remove or compromise the application. If offline, an application will reinstall as soon as the device goes online. It will also install on a virtual machine as long as it has connection to the Internet.”
The Application Persistence product is sold for specific applications.
“If say, an organization wants to make their VPN on it, it would go out on that application,” Baiati said. “We have yet to discover any applications that we can’t deploy on.”
While the solution has obvious benefits for large enterprises, Baiati said that it isn’t limited to them.
“We have current deployments across the broad – large enterprise, state and local, health care,” he said. “What resonates across all of them is that they are organizations that need greater resiliency with mission critical applications – especially those that are more strongly regulated, in the event that a breach takes place.”
Absolute ISV partners can leverage Application Persistence to build-in greater resiliency and differentiate their own security and management applications with the same embedded resiliency and visibility as Absolute’s own platform. Absolute solution providers can use the new solution to call on their install base.
“It’s definitely something where the channel can go back with this and add greater value to their customers,” Baiati said.
Application Persistence is currently available to the Absolute security industry ecosystem worldwide. Several early-adopters in the healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing industries have already started integrating the technology into their applications.