How to protect your organization against file-based threats with Glasswall Desktop

by | Sep 23, 2022 | Product Announcements

So, you want to keep your organization secure from file-based threats, but don’t have the time to deal with complicated security deployments? Don’t worry — we have you covered.   

Glasswall Desktop offers unrivalled CDR (Content Disarm and Reconstruction) protection against file-based threats, takes minutes to install and only seconds to process files.  

The easy-to-use interface allows users to simply drag and drop files and Desktop does the rest. What makes Desktop even more special is that it can process files offline in remote and secure isolated environments. 

Here’s a closer look at how it works – and don’t worry, this won’t take long: 


1. You’ve been sent a business document, a .pdf, which looks like an invoice from a third-party supplier. However, you’re unsure if the document can be trusted – and quite rightly so.

Even if a file has been through a sandbox,
antivirus, or firewall solution, we encourage all users to drop all files into Desktop before opening them. Glasswall’s zero-trust file protection treats all files as untrusted — validating, rebuilding and cleaning each one to a safe and compliant standard — automatically removing potential threats. This way you can rest assured only safe, clean and fully functioning files are used.


2. You drop the file into Glasswall Desktop. The file is instantly processed and automatically placed in a designated location on your machine. Unlike other CDR vendors, who simply flatten files, the Glasswall Embedded Engine maintains a file’s original functionality – ensuring that you can access them with full confidence.


Screenshot about the Glasswall Desktop app

3. Desktop’s capabilities do not stop there. It automatically generates a file analysis report that allows users, or their IT teams, to see the original risk level of the document. It also tells you how Glasswall made the file safe, providing a detailed insight into any actions taken when processing the file. It’s a good thing you had Glasswall Desktop, too. In this instance, the original threat level was high – Glasswall removed metadata, it repaired document structure and disarmed a PDF action that could have been used to trigger active code when you opened the file. What could have been a devastating attack, was completely disarmed through the power of zero-trust file protection.

Screenshot about how Glasswall Desktop app found malicious elements in a file

4. Finally, Glasswall Desktop empowers organizations and IT teams to match the level of protection with their risk appetite. This is done quickly and easily in the content management policy settings tab. Users can select one of the following three options for each content management switch:

The structure remains in the processed document and is logged in the Analysis report as an allowed item

The structure is logged in the Analysis report as an Issue Item. The document is marked non-conforming and is not regenerated

The structure is surgically removed from the managed document. The removal is logged in the Analysis report. This is achieved by not tagging the structure for regeneration. The Glasswall Embedded Engine applies configurable content management policies to PDF, MS Office files, SVG, WebP and GeoTiFF.

Glasswall Desktop is zero-trust CDR file protection that is easy to use and keeps your organization safe without affecting productivity. 

We offer a freemium version of Desktop, so why not give it a try and see just what Glasswall CDR is capable of?   Try Desktop Freedom 


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