QinetiQ deploys BeCrypt’s DISK Protect to secure data

Global defence and security company QinetiQ has deployed a full disk encryption product from the UK’s largest encryption software specialist, BeCrypt, to secure data on over 10,000 laptop and desktop computers across its enterprise.

QinetiQ’s scientists and engineers are involved in projects for governmental and commercial organisations across a number of business areas including defence, security, space, health, energy and transport sectors, making it critical that it prevents unauthorised access to restricted material on devices should they ever be lost or stolen.

Government policy and guidelines must be followed if a company working on government projects needs to hold UK government “protectively marked’ data on site. This policy includes advice on the use of cryptography. CESG, the UK National technical Authority for Information Assurance, has certified DISK Protect to protect UK Government data to the Baseline standard.

“We have an obligation to ensure that we are enforcing watertight security policies when it comes to sensitive data relating to our and our customers’ business,” said Dr. Amjad Farooq, Head of Business Improvement, CIO Group at QinetiQ. “BeCrypt has made enforcing security policies very straightforward.”

“Defining and enforcing security policies across thousands of employees is no easy task,” said Peter Jaco, Chief Executive Officer, BeCrypt. “BeCrypt’s encryption and security products were designed to tackle this issue and make enterprise-wide security easy to manage and deploy, no matter how big the workforce. BeCrypt worked closely with QinetiQ and its system integration partner Accenture to ensure a smooth deployment of our technology.”

BeCrypt’s DISK Protect provides full hard disk encryption for desktop and laptop PCs running Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP and XP Tablet operating systems. It provides strong user authentication at boot time and allows the optional use of SMART Cards and USB tokens for dual factor authentication. Once the user has been authenticated, and has logged onto Windows, disk encryption is transparent and the user need take no further action – everything written to the hard disk is automatically encrypted and everything read from the hard disk is automatically decrypted, in real time.

About QinetiQ

QinetiQ (pronounced ki’ ne tik as in “kinetic energy’) is a leading global defence technology and security company. Founded in July 2001 from the majority of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), the laboratories of the UK MOD, QinetiQ today has grown internationally, with 12,000 employees in the UK and US, many of them internationally acclaimed experts, providing government and commercial customers unparalleled resources to create, evaluate, test, and deliver technology based services, solutions and products.

As part of its fast growing security business recently launched products include: Tarsier – a radar system that identifies debris on an airport runway; BorderWatch – which can see into vehicles to identify possible stowaways; The MillimetreWave Portal – a people screening system that can identify concealed weapons. Ferroguard – a man‑portable metal detection system; and X-net – a system to stop vehicles being driven through checkpoints.

About BeCrypt
BeCrypt Limited was formed in 2001 to meet the growing demand for high-level computer encryption products in the international government and corporate marketplace. The company is a leading provider of enterprise encryption and security products designed to fully protect all corporate data. BeCrypt products protect customers in a number of key UK government areas including: central and local government, the military and defence sector, law enforcement and transportation. The company also services the commercial sector with key customers in the financial services, pharmaceutical, insurance and banking sectors.

BeCrypt’s DISK Protect and PDA Protect products have been designed to meet stringent government security standards and have been approved by the UK Government’s Information Assurance group, the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) within GCHQ.

BeCrypt has won an award from the Department of Trade and Industry for innovative technology and has patents pending on a number of unique encryption technologies.

Further information at http://www.becrypt.com

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