Data on 7000 Syngenta Notebooks Protected by Utimaco Safeware’s SafeGuard Easy

Corporate-wide security policy for mobile data deployed world-wide

Oberursel, June 20, 2002 – Utimaco Safeware AG and Syngenta, world leading agribusiness company, signed a contract concerning the corporate-wide use of SafeGuard Easy. The contract will run for at least three years and organizes platform migration, as well as updates and technical support for approximately 7,000 notebook users world-wide. Syngenta decided in favor of implementing SafeGuard Easy company-wide, when ICT systems were pooled with the agrochemical business division merger of Zeneca and Novartis in 2000. This ensures that Microsoft operating systems Windows 2000 and Windows XP are also provided with a suitable security system.

“Protecting data on our notebooks is essential to us because it could be a deciding influence in competition”, hits Daniel Rose the spot. Rose is responsible for ICT security at Syngenta world-wide. “Some hundreds of our researchers carry their research results on their notebooks with them. These data are enormous valuable because the survey costs a lot of effort in money and time. So they have to be protected unimpeachably, also if a notebook gets lost or is stolen. SafeGuard Easy approved to be the best solution.” reports Rose.

The Utimaco Safeware solution convinced Rose because of its paramount stability, the world-wide support by Utimaco Safeware and its partners as well as the little effort administrators have when they have to equip thousands of notebooks world-wide. Rose defines central security policy in Basel, Switzerland, and deploys it in over 600 affiliates around the globe. “Only after the roll-out and over a notebooks life span you will really know how expensive a security solution is”, reflects Rose. “Also regarding the total cost of ownership aspects SafeGuard Easy is unbeaten.”

SafeGuard Easy uses highly effective security mechanisms to protect confidential information on PCs and notebooks from unauthorized access and theft. These mechanisms include Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), boot protection and encryption.

With more than one million users, SafeGuard Easy is the world’s most popular program for hard disk encryption, certified according to Common Criteria. It protects mobile data on PC and notebooks with Microsoft platforms Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT4 and now also XP. With this contract SafeGuard Easy strengthens its position as world leader in the area of “Laptop/PDA protection” where market analysts like Gartner forecast increasing budgets and demand.

Utimaco Safeware AG is one of the leading European technology manufacturers of professional IT security solutions. The security technology and solutions developed by Utimaco Safeware protect the electronic data of companies and government bodies against unauthorized access and guarantee that business processes and administrative procedures in the electronic world are binding and confidential.

Utimaco Safeware’s Personal Device Security LOB supplies technologies and solutions for IT security in the areas of high-level authentication including biometric techniques, encryption and integrity checks. These products and solutions safeguard information on PCs, laptops, and PDAs both at the workplace and when on the move.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness. The company ranks first in crop protection, and third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2001 were approximately US $6.3 billion. Syngenta employs more than 20,000 people in over 50 countries. The company is committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative Research and Technology. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange and in London, New York and Stockholm. Further information is avail-able at www.syngenta.com.




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