French scaffolding firm maintains a secure network with GFI LANguard N.S.S.

November 03, 2004 - 12:00

ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES, a French organization that deals with the building, hiring and selling of scaffolding, uses GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) to audit its network security and ensure it is free from vulnerabilities, thereby averting possible hacker attacks. GFI LANguard N.S.S. is a network security scanner as well as a complete patch management solution.

A “simple, reliable, complete and scalable’’ solution to combat network threats
To step up its network security, ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES identified the need for a hassle-free solution that would scan the network, detect possible security holes and deploy any patches or missing service packs. The company needed a security-reporting tool to ensure control and follow-up of its servers and workstations by the facility management company; the product also had to double as a reliable, easy-to-use “emergency” deployment tool. Sébastien Guépratte, IT supervisor at ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES said: “We were looking for a simple, reliable, complete and scalable tool to fulfill general duties as well as more specific ones.”

ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES chose GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) 5 because it fulfilled their needs by providing both “an efficient, flexible and reliable vulnerability scanner”, as well as performing network-wide patch deployment.  “The GFI LANguard N.S.S. scanning tool enables us to know the ‘vulnerability’ status of our hardware, to follow up its evolution and to detect any suspicious changes,” explained Mr. Guépratte, "whereas the patch management option allows us to deploy patches quickly according to the status of the hardware. It is a good complement to the Windows Software Update Service.”

Multi-purpose application
With GFI LANguard N.S.S., the company can configure scans with different objectives on different parts of the hardware. “We can add specific tests, for example verifying if the antivirus pattern is up-to-date,” said Mr. Guépratte. He also remarked that thanks to the possibility to program scans with reporting, they now receive reports listing all the changes since the last scan made. In addition, with GFI LANguard N.S.S.’s ability to store results on SQL Server, ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES can easily archive results and produce score boards.

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About GFI LANguard N.S.S.
GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) checks a network for possible security vulnerabilities by scanning the entire network for missing security patches, services packs, open shares, open ports, unused user accounts and more. With this information (displayed in customizable reports), administrators can easily lock down their network against hackers. GFI LANguard N.S.S. can also remotely deploy missing patches and service packs in applications and OS. GFI LANguard N.S.S. won the SQL Server Magazine Readers’ Choice Award 2004. It is the leading Windows security scanner and very competitively priced, with pricing for 100 IPs at only US$495, for example. For more information and to download the product, one can visit

ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES is a French company founded in 1935 that deals with the building, hiring and selling of scaffolding. ENTREPOSE ECHAFAUDAGES has a staff complement of 320 employees and owns 25 sites throughout France. It is a market leading company which boasted a turnover of €45 million in 2003.

About GFI
GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at