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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/Lm/ZW/H8UZNQ7900H2.JPEGAbsolute Review: "A Healthcare solution that needs to be strongly considered on portable devices containing Electronic Medical Records, Personal Health Information or Personal Privacy Information”Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) is being used across our organization by our departments that use portable devices (notebooks and tablets) in the field for health-related work. We use this product primarily to be able to track the device in real time and if it is lost or stolen to be able to lock the device or wipe the information from it immediately. These portable devices contain client electronic medical records, personal health information, and personal privacy-related information. We need to ensure that this information is protected as best as possible at all times. Any breach of these data types can be difficult to deal with, cost a large amount in fines and leave the clients whose data was breached a loss of privacy as well as to be open to identity fraud, etc. The cost of a data breach in 2018 was $408 per record. In a breach scenario, you need to be able to accurately identify the data that was breached in order to do all that is required for reporting, client notification and also for the fines that you are subject to. If you are not able to accurately identify this information, you will be responsible to notify all clients and be subject to fines based on the total number client records you have, instead of actual records lost or stolen. The cost for a data breach can potentially run into the millions of dollars. Using Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) limits our risk by allowing us to locate the device, lock or wipe it. We can have a record of proof showing that the device was locked, or wiped to protect this info and remove the ability of this data to be accessed and stolen as part of our compliance protocol. I find Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) to be a tool that is invaluable in providing part of our overall comprehensive data security plan.,Absolute can track devices in real time. If a device is stolen, you can track it. You can lock the device, wipe it or send a message to it. By tracking the device, you can also locate the user that has the device if it is in their possession. You can use it to track your people if you choose, but we use it only to locate an employee if they have not been heard from and have not replied to a cell phone call or text. Once Absolute is set up it requires no intervention. Setup is easy and the management interface is easy to use. It has the ability to track on Google Map with recent and historical locations. Geofences can be setup and triggered to send email alerts. Absolute reporting on the device provides OS information, software inventory, malware software reporting, etc. It protects itself from being removed with its’ persistence technology, which keeps it from being removed from the device, even if the device is reformatted and reloaded. The reporting capability on the devices provides a lot of information on each device that can be very useful in monitoring devices that are typically detached from the network.,I do not know where I would consider this product to be deficient in functionality, difficult to use or any major changes that needed to be addressed. I wish the pricing of this product was a little lower, but I do think it is well worth the cost and consideration, especially if you are using it on devices containing electronic medical records, personal health information or personal privacy information.,9,I think that Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) is well worth the investment to protect important data securely. Without it, a data breach could cost an astronomical amount of money and you many never be able to complete recover from it. It also aids in recovery efforts for stolen devices and therefor reduces the financial cost of replacing the lost devices. There is a free trial available that is well worth the time investment to see if Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) might be a valuable tool to add to your existing security plans.,Asset management / recovery / and loss prevention - All-in-one ServiceWe were suffering from asset loss in our charter schools. Inventory was not being tracked at our remote sites since there was no tech staff on site. So to take matters into our own hands we deployed Absolute. I also brought Loss-Prevention team members from our retail stores to help. I set up geofences for our school buildings and alerts, so even if our staff did not report an asset stolen (student computer), we would receive an alert that a computer had left without permission. A police report could be filed and recovery could begin. We were also able to lock and display messages remotely in the case a computer was not actually stolen, the end user could call the number on the screen and it was a quick process to verify the user and unlock the machine. We recovered multiple assets and disrupted the theft that was occurring and have significantly decreased missing inventory. We were also able to set alerts for staff machines in case of theft and system changes and remotely wipe sensitive data. I was very happy with the product and it achieved the goals of the roll out.,I tracked a stolen computer all the way to Africa from USA and disabled it. I set up geofences with alerts. As soon as a computer got a wifi connection outside of our fences it would email me its current location. Absolute's persistent technology was helpful. -Even when a pawn shop would attempt to "wipe" a device before getting it online, as soon as it got online it notified me of the OS re-installation and current location. We could call authorities and they could recover the device for us. And they were happy it made their job easier and deterred the pawn shop from reselling stolen devices.,I never ran into a case where Absolute needed to be improved. In our case our devices did not have cellular service so we had to wait for wifi to be accessed.,10,Recovery of stolen assets. After recovering a few devices and students becoming aware of Absolute being deployed, it had a prevention effect deterring additional theft. It deterred pawn shops from accepting our stolen machines.
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October 19, 2018

"Absolute Review: "A Healthcare solution that needs to be strongly considered on portable devices containing Electronic Medical Records, Personal Health Information or Personal Privacy Information”"

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Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) is being used across our organization by our departments that use portable devices (notebooks and tablets) in the field for health-related work. We use this product primarily to be able to track the device in real time and if it is lost or stolen to be able to lock the device or wipe the information from it immediately. These portable devices contain client electronic medical records, personal health information, and personal privacy-related information. We need to ensure that this information is protected as best as possible at all times. Any breach of these data types can be difficult to deal with, cost a large amount in fines and leave the clients whose data was breached a loss of privacy as well as to be open to identity fraud, etc. The cost of a data breach in 2018 was $408 per record. In a breach scenario, you need to be able to accurately identify the data that was breached in order to do all that is required for reporting, client notification and also for the fines that you are subject to. If you are not able to accurately identify this information, you will be responsible to notify all clients and be subject to fines based on the total number client records you have, instead of actual records lost or stolen. The cost for a data breach can potentially run into the millions of dollars. Using Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) limits our risk by allowing us to locate the device, lock or wipe it. We can have a record of proof showing that the device was locked, or wiped to protect this info and remove the ability of this data to be accessed and stolen as part of our compliance protocol. I find Absolute Data and Device Security (DDS) to be a tool that is invaluable in providing part of our overall comprehensive data security plan.
  • Absolute can track devices in real time. If a device is stolen, you can track it. You can lock the device, wipe it or send a message to it. By tracking the device, you can also locate the user that has the device if it is in their possession. You can use it to track your people if you choose, but we use it only to locate an employee if they have not been heard from and have not replied to a cell phone call or text.
  • Once Absolute is set up it requires no intervention. Setup is easy and the management interface is easy to use.
  • It has the ability to track on Google Map with recent and historical locations. Geofences can be setup and triggered to send email alerts.
  • Absolute reporting on the device provides OS information, software inventory, malware software reporting, etc.
  • It protects itself from being removed with its’ persistence technology, which keeps it from being removed from the device, even if the device is reformatted and reloaded.
  • The reporting capability on the devices provides a lot of information on each device that can be very useful in monitoring devices that are typically detached from the network.
  • I do not know where I would consider this product to be deficient in functionality, difficult to use or any major changes that needed to be addressed.
  • I wish the pricing of this product was a little lower, but I do think it is well worth the cost and consideration, especially if you are using it on devices containing electronic medical records, personal health information or personal privacy information.
I do think it is well worth the cost and consideration, especially if you are using it on devices containing electronic medical records, personal health information or personal privacy information or devices that contain proprietary information, critical business information or other information that needs to be securely protected. It can also be used to track a device (individual) as well if that is your goal. We use it as an extra precaution to track our mental health clinicians that do home visits. It allows us to keep track of their whereabouts, in case an issue arises at a client's home. We are able to send someone out to check or assist, alert emergency services or send law enforcement if a situation should arise.
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March 14, 2018

Absolute Review: "Asset management / recovery / and loss prevention - All-in-one Service"

Score 10 out of 10
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We were suffering from asset loss in our charter schools. Inventory was not being tracked at our remote sites since there was no tech staff on site. So to take matters into our own hands we deployed Absolute. I also brought Loss-Prevention team members from our retail stores to help.

I set up geofences for our school buildings and alerts, so even if our staff did not report an asset stolen (student computer), we would receive an alert that a computer had left without permission. A police report could be filed and recovery could begin. We were also able to lock and display messages remotely in the case a computer was not actually stolen, the end user could call the number on the screen and it was a quick process to verify the user and unlock the machine. We recovered multiple assets and disrupted the theft that was occurring and have significantly decreased missing inventory.

We were also able to set alerts for staff machines in case of theft and system changes and remotely wipe sensitive data. I was very happy with the product and it achieved the goals of the roll out.
  • I tracked a stolen computer all the way to Africa from USA and disabled it.
  • I set up geofences with alerts. As soon as a computer got a wifi connection outside of our fences it would email me its current location.
  • Absolute's persistent technology was helpful. -Even when a pawn shop would attempt to "wipe" a device before getting it online, as soon as it got online it notified me of the OS re-installation and current location. We could call authorities and they could recover the device for us. And they were happy it made their job easier and deterred the pawn shop from reselling stolen devices.
  • I never ran into a case where Absolute needed to be improved. In our case our devices did not have cellular service so we had to wait for wifi to be accessed.
Absolute is less appropriate for antiquated machines which run slow or at end of life.
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About Absolute

Absolute is an adaptive endpoint security solution. It provides users with a persistent connection to all of their endpoints and the data they contain.

The vendor says, by maintaining a two-way connection with each device, users have the insight they need to assess risk and apply remote security measures so they can protect each endpoint and the sensitive data it contains. This insight is delivered through a cloud-based console that requires no additional IT infrastructure.



Absolute Features

Has featurePersistence
Has featureGeotechnology
Has featureRisk Assessment
Has featureReporting and Analytics
Has featureRisk Response
Has featureEndpoint Investigations
Has featureEndpoint Data Discovery

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Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?Optional

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Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:Android
Supported Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portugese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)