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F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

Protection Service for Business’s latest generation of endpoint security client is F-Secure Computer Protection. This product is replacing Workstation Security 12 clients that will be End of Life on 31st of March, 2019.

 

F-Secure Computer Protection has been in production for a year.

F-Secure has now introduced a migration tool that allows the Solution Provider to migrate easily to Computer Protection clients.

Both security clients can be used with the same license key, no change in subscription is required.

 

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Major changes in Computer Protection

  • Anti-malware:
    • Significantly revised scanning architecture using the latest technology from the F-Secure Lab, including native support for 64-bit technology.
    • Unifies behavior of security components and brings the possibility to add new security features more easily in the future.
  • Firewall:
    • Remotely managed Microsoft Firewall.
    • Our security experts updated the default Firewall profiles to handle the most significant threats.
  • General:
    • A new generation of installer is introduced from Computer Protection 18.10.
    • Silent Computer Protection upgrades without the need to reboot the computer allowing regular updates of the client.
    • Completely revised update technology, bringing significant reduction in network bandwidth usage.
    • MSI package available (see the article Remote Installation  of Computer Protection article)
    • Many performance and stability improvements.
    • Extensible client architecture, allowing easier integration of new features in the future. The new Rapid Detection and Response will be using the same client and only requires a subscription key change.
  • Remote change of subscription key (without client re-installation) from PSB portal. That replaces the ability to change the key from the client.
  • Device Control:
    • To restrict the usage of USB devices, such as a memory stick or web cam
    • Provide visibility to the USB devices of a computer
  • F-Secure Endpoint Proxy: It reduces the bandwith usage by caching malware database updates
  • Improved visibility in device details view:
    • Scan report in portal: If an admin suspect an issue with a Windows computer, he will be able to check the latest scan report (it might be a scan triggered from portal, or scheduled or manual) remotely.
    • Active Directory information: Active Directory name, Organizational unit, Domain Components and GUID are visible.
    • Domain and Windows name are visible

 

Computer Protection Premium:

The Premium offer can simply be activated by upgrading the subscription or remotely changing the key without any action required on the client. It includes:

  • Application Control: Providing fine grain rules to control the applications running on a computer.
    • Default security rules to block the most common threats providing yet another layer of defense
    • Configurable rules to block or allow applications and scripts
    • White and black list
    • Monitoring mode to evaluate rules before enforcing them
  • DataGuard: Protecting specific folder to block for example ransomware from modifying them

 

Features dropped:

  • Support for Windows Vista: They account for less than 0,2% of our installed base.
  • Email and Spam scanning: This is removed due to the generalization of end to end encryption for email and of widespread use of cloud emails.
  • Neighborcast: The introduction of F-Secure Endpoint Proxy and the reduction of overall bandwith usage (that will be still improved) reduces the need for complex solution such as neighborcast.
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F-Secure Product Manager

Re: F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

Hi Tamas,

 

Thankyou for your comments.

 

We will be adding remote quarantine support to Computer Protection, later this year. This will allow the admin to manage the quarantine contents from the portal, and we will look into the possibility for the admin to submit samples directly from the quarantine, remotely.

 

Quarantine does not work with DeepGuard at all, DG6 simply blocks access to the file if it is detected. We will look into possible solutions around this. For the moment, we would recommend the use of exclusions, and have the students generate their files to an excluded location.

 

Best Regards,

 

Andy

 

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F-Secure

Re: F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

Hi,

 

couple of clarifications to questions coming to our direction.

 

Q: Do I need a separate subscription for F-Secure Computer Protection than for Workstation Security 12?

A: No you don't. Both of these clients can be installed with same "F-Secure PSB Workstation Security" -subscription.

 

Q: Can I installs both "F-Secure Computer Protection" and "F-Secure PSB Workstation Security"  to same company?

A: Yes you can. At the moment you can choose which product you want to use. Each installation uses one seat from the subscription and you cannot install both product to same computer.

Superuser

Re: F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

Derar Sirs,

 

Supposedly there is also "artificial intelligence" equipped DeepGuard included in F-Secure CP 17.1 (although I don't know what exactly that means).

 

Meanwhile, FSAV PSB 12 has only DG5.0, even though DG6 has been available in the home-user products for a long time and we were promised it is going to be adopted in the for-business product line as well.

 

Yours Sincerely: Tamas Feher, Hungary.

F-Secure Product Manager

Re: F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

Hi Tamas,

 

I'm pleased to inform you that Computer Protection introduces DeepGuard 6.

Scholar

Re: F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

Are we getting automatic update from Workstation Security 12 at some point?

F-Secure

Re: F-Secure Computer Protection: Main differences compared to Workstation Security 12

All existing Workstation 12 users will be upgraded, but the schedule of that is open as of yet. We're looking into schedules of late this year / early next year.
Scholar

Re: "Installer is currently only available as a network installer"

 

    • Installer is currently only available as a network installer.

Does this mean software currently only available for download from PSB portal direct to single clients - can I still download a single installer from clients portal, copy to USB and install on multiple devices?

F-Secure

Re: "Installer is currently only available as a network installer"

It means that while you can take the installer on your USB stick, when run it will, for each installed client, download the product.

 

      --Maaret

Novice

Re: "Installer is currently only available as a network installer"

Hi,

As I understood the Computer Protection client could be downloaded trough the Management Portal...

https://community.f-secure.com/t5/PSB-piloting/F-Secure-Computer-Protection/m-p/94241

 

But on my/our portal, I can only see PSB 12 available for download...

How do I get the new client?

 

Best regards

Alvaro

F-Secure

Re: "Installer is currently only available as a network installer"

The power of deciding which companies see the new Computer Protection is with the Solution Providers, and thus not all companies have the download option yet visible. We are increasing visibility to all companies gradually, and with our launch in end of September, it will be available for all.