New encryption offerings from Symantec

Symantec announced the expansion of its encryption solution set with the planned launch of PGP Whole Disk Encryption with support for Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Symantec Endpoint Encryption (SEE) Removable Storage Edition with integrated Symantec Data Loss Prevention capabilities, Symantec Endpoint Encryption Device Control and the newest version of Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition.

They are components of Symantec’s integrated encryption platform that features solutions for protecting data on assets ranging from USB flash drives to laptops to departmental servers.

Enhanced Protection Against Theft of Devices and Data Symantec’s integration of Intel Anti-Theft Technology into PGP Whole Disk Encryption will allow customers to protect their devices and their data while helping to deter notebook computer thefts, protect systems during shipping, and lower the cost of decommissioning older hardware.

Intel’s hardware-based asset protection and theft deterrence solution, available in many of the latest notebooks with Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Intel Core vPro processors, enables network administrators to remotely disable functionality on these corporate assets after a theft or loss. Managed by PGP Universal Server, a lost or stolen notebook can be disabled either via local detection mechanisms or through the transmission of a “poison pill” by the administrator, and later reactivated if the system is recovered.

Increased Endpoint Performance PGP Whole Disk Encryption will also offer enhanced performance through support for Intel AES-NI technology, available in Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The AES-NI instruction set is designed to accelerate cryptographic operations, and can decrease the time required to encrypt a laptop by up to 40 percent(2) while increasing throughput on solid state drives (SSDs).

Expanded Removable Media and Device Controls Symantec Endpoint Encryption Device Control manages the use of portable storage devices and media drives by providing safeguards such as monitoring device usage and file transfer activity, controlling access to ports, devices and wireless networks, and restricting users’ ability to copy protected classes of information.

Symantec Endpoint Encryption Removable Storage Edition will be integrated with Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Endpoint, allowing content-aware control over which information may be copied to removable storage devices, and how encryption is applied.

Pricing and Availability PGP Whole Disk Encryption with support for Intel Anti-Theft Technology version 2.0 is scheduled to be available in winter 2011, subject to U.S. trade compliance approval. Symantec Endpoint Encryption Device Control, Symantec Endpoint Encryption Removable Storage Edition and Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk with support for Mac OS X are scheduled to be available in winter 2011.




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