Eliminate file-based threats with Glasswall Desktop

by | May 5, 2022 | Company news, Product Announcements

Is ‘mostly’ effective good enough?


At a time of heightened concern around the cyber defences of organizations in every sector and attempts at malicious cyber attacks becoming more complex, it’s time to ask if ‘mostly’ effective is good enough. 

Bad actors are better at hiding malware within the depths of file DNA, and phishing attempts have become more sophisticated and convincing.  Organizations need to remove threats from the equation before users are put in the position of having to make an unwise choice.  Whilst most files people download/upload are harmless, it only takes one harmful file to slip through the net to expose an IT infrastructure to a potentially serious and costly mistake.  

Traditional detection based security such as antivirus and sandboxing tools are mostly effective – but there is a protection gap of up to 18 days before they are updated to address new zero-day cybersecurity threats.

With cybercrime estimated to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) recording 260,642 phishing attacks in one month alone, it is not good enough anymore to settle for a ‘mostly’ effective cybersecurity solution. 

Trust every file with Glasswall’s Desktop


To protect against complex threats, there is a simple solution – Glasswall CDR Desktop. It is an easy to install application which sits on the users device, and harnesses the power of the patented Glasswall CDR Engine which instantly cleans and rebuilds every file to it’s ‘known good’ industry specification. 

Users can simply drag and drop files into the Glasswall Desktop. These files can be existing files on the user’s computer, files downloaded from the web or from an unknown device such as a customer’s USB or a memory card.

Glasswall CDR sanitizes, cleans and rebuilds files without sending them outside established trust boundaries.  Users receive a safe ‘Glasswalled’ file, free from threats and without any sacrifice to productivity.   


Step 1 – Inspect

Three layers of the incoming file are inspected to verify that its digital DNA complies with the manufacturer’s specification, and the system corrects any deviations instantly.



Step 2 – Rebuild

The file is rebuilt to the authorised manufacturer’s standard, ensuring the file is clean and threat-free.



Step 3 – Clean

High risk active content such as macros and embedded links are cleaned and removed from the original file (based on company policy), so only the users who need active content receive it.



Step 4 – Deliver

The user instantly receives a safe, identical file that’s compliant, standardized, and trusted. This reduces the risk of malicious code hidden in malware from entering, therefore maintaining business continuity.




After each file is processed, users receive a File Analysis report, detailing the original risk level, active content that has been removed, and objects and structures that have been repaired.   Users can also set policies for each supported file format, allowing them to specify whether active content is removed from the file, allowed (left in the file) or disallowed (the file is not rebuilt).  

Getting Started:


Glasswall Desktop makes Glasswall CDR accessible to everyone and helps IT and security teams evaluate and understand the major impact CDR can have on their ability to deliver proactive protection and address zero-day vulnerabilities.  

Users can download Glasswall Desktop here, once installed they simply drag and drop a file into Desktop, click ‘Process’ and instantly receive a clean, safe ‘Glasswalled’ file.  It really is that simple. 

Glasswall Desktop is available in three different versions, Freedom, Essentials and Pro. Each comes with varying levels of protection capability and features, but all offer the ability to secure files utilising Glasswalls’ industry leading CDR engine. 

To find out more, or to try Glasswall CDR click here.


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