SafeNet prevents loss of sensitive company data and personal information

19 September 2007

SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, has announced the availability of ProtectDrive 8.2, the latest release of its full-disk encryption solution designed to protect organisations against potentially devastating data breaches, while meeting both corporate governance and industry-specific compliance.

Data and personal information breaches can be tremendously costly to organisations in terms of fines, lost revenue, irreparable damage to reputations, and can even put lives at risk. This combined with compliance mandate deadlines such as those under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS)—September 30 and December 31—makes the protection of data, particularly data-at-rest, imperative.

“Both commercial and government organisations are experiencing the rising incidence of threats to sensitive information, through computer and laptop losses for example. Implementing suitable protection has been slow due in part to the complexity and high deployment costs of previous technologies,” said Andy Solterbeck, vice president of product management, commercial security division, SafeNet. “SafeNet ProtectDrive 8.2 is the ideal solution for full-disk encryption across the organisation, providing independently validated [FIPS] security at the lowest cost of ownership available in the industry today.”

ProtectDrive 8.2 is a full-disk encryption solution that encrypts the entire hard drive of laptops, workstations and servers, as well as USB flash drives and hard disks, to protect data in the case of the theft or loss of a hardware device. ProtectDrive 8.2 eliminates the need for costly proprietary administration by leveraging organisations’ investments in Active Directory, an implementation of LDAP directory services by Microsoft to provide central authentication and authorisation services.

SafeNet’s ProtectDrive 8.2 was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. General Services Administration for use by all federal government agencies and select state and local governments under the Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) SmartBUY program. The DoD, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and scores of other government agencies already entrust their security needs to SafeNet

The integration of ProtectDrive 8.2 with Active Directory allows administrators to centrally assign security policies, deploy software, and apply critical updates to an entire organisation, saving time, resources and man-power. To further improve flexibility and lower total cost of ownership, ProtectDrive 8.2 also supports Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) for customers that prefer not to make an Active Directory schema change.

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