Each system that has the suite installed is hardened with encryption and supported with patch management and web threat detection software. GravityZone Ultra can not only disinfect and quarantine malware-infected software, but it can eradicate exploits before they happen, mitigate damage caused from an attack, and terminate malicious code before it takes over a system.
Along the way, GravityZone’s Event Recorder monitors and archives all processes, files, registry, network events and changes, making infection recovery easier. Should a system get so overburdened with malware that it becomes unresponsive, Bitdefender’s Rescue software can boot the system in a secure Linux environment, thoroughly clean it and recover its data.
The key is that GravityZone Ultra consolidates all security protection into a single software agent that is controlled by an integrated console, delivering effective control and protection with low overhead. Many policies and actions can be handled remotely, like initiating scans or grabbing updates, to react to a new exploit.
The system has a sandbox virtual machine for safely inspecting suspect programs. In addition, GravityZone Ultra’s process inspector, HyperDetect and Process Inspector, can ferret out novel threats from fileless intrusions to ransomware attacks that can cripple an entire business.
It has a two-way firewall that can block data traffic coming into or going out of the system. It works with disk-level encryption using BitLocker (for Windows systems) and File Vault (for Macs) but lacks file-level encryption.
GravityZone Ultra lacks several items that more mobile organizations might miss. For instance, it does without a file shredder for making items permanently disappear. There’s neither a built-in virtual private network (VPN) nor a hardened browser that forces the use of a secure connection. The assumption is that a company will have the former, which makes the latter superfluous. Still, these items can help create a ring fence around a company’s digital infrastructure.
At $75.11 per seat for 25 to 49 licenses with no separate server licensing fee, GravityZone Ultra costs more than comparable solutions offered by Bitdefender’s competitors.
Its interface may look bland, but GravityZone Ultra squeezes a lot into a small format. The most powerful part of the program is the four-square logo in the upper left of the screen, which lets you fine-tune the security stance. It allows the turning on or off of things like Wi-Fi monitoring, anti-phishing and data protection – but only if you let employees have the control, because any of these items can be grayed out. A task tray icon rounds out the interactive elements, but it only offers a link to the main window.
GravityZone’s Dashboard is powerful, with the ability to operate on a single system, a group or every computer in the company’s fleet. It provides the ability to set and exercise policies, check on software updates and assign rules. In addition to colorful graphs of activity and threats, it can create reports.
Bitdefender GravityZone technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, email and chat. The site has plenty of self-serve resources available, plus add-on options like training, setup, and three tiers of premium service for faster response, as well as periodic security assessments.