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Disk encryption for Windows 8 tablet computers

BeCrypt : 22 February, 2013  (New Product)
Becrypt has extended its DISK Protect disk encryption support to tablet computers running Microsoft's Windows 8 platform
Disk encryption for Windows 8 tablet computers

Becrypt has announced the availability of DISK Protect for Microsoft Windows 8 tablets, featuring unique on-screen pre-boot keyboard support.  This significantly extends the range of touch-screen devices that can now benefit from Becrypt’s full disk encryption solution.  The tablet solution includes on-screen, touch friendly pre-boot authentication, enabling users to login/authenticate before the main operating system is booted, avoiding the issue of authenticating after a machine may already be compromised.

The long term partnership between Fujitsu and Becrypt has spawned a spate of industry collaborations, including the joint announcement in November 2011 of the first ultra-secure tablet encryption solution suitable for government use. Both Becrypt and Fujitsu have once again teamed up on the development of this latest encryption solution. As Michael Keegan, Executive Director of Fujitsu’s Technology Product Group, says: “With public and private sector organisations now fully embracing mobility programmes, the need for sensitive data protection on the move is more essential than ever. The combined solution offered by the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q572 tablet and STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid (coming soon) with Becrypt DISK Protect encryption for Windows 8, provides an off-the-shelf, fully certified security package that ensures data is fully protected against breach in the event of loss or theft. We are confident this will continue to deliver peace-of-mind to organisations of any size.”

Dr Bernard Parsons, CEO at Becrypt commented; “DISK Protect for Microsoft Windows 8 tablets is a major step forward in Becrypt’s provision of security solutions for tablets.  While securing data for Bring Your Own Device initiatives is likely to remain a challenge for organisations with sensitive data, IT departments can now offer a more viable Choose Your Own Device option to staff where sensitive data can be protected.  As a result, we expect to see a greater adoption of tablets in the security conscious business market.”

DISK Protect, Becrypt’s full disk encryption solution, is available in several different accredited versions allowing Microsoft Windows 8 and tablet support up to Impact Level 4 (CONFIDENTIAL).  This also includes the latest CESG Commercial Product Assurance version which protects information without the use of Government key material, significantly reducing support and cost overheads for public sector organisations and those that require a Government assured solution.

DISK Protect also provides USB encryption, single sign-on options and it can be managed centrally using Becrypt Enterprise Manager, meaning that it can be deployed to 1000’s of devices (desktops, laptops and tablets) in a matter of hours.

DISK Protect for Microsoft Windows 8 tablets will be available through the channel from Becrypt’s network of value added resellers and partner distributors. Support will initially be available for a limited number of touch screen devices and will expand to include the latest models through the ongoing collaboration between Becrypt and industry-leading tablet manufacturers such as Samsung, Fujitsu and HP.

HP elected to work with Becrypt for its experience and expertise in the enterprise, as well as with restricted, government and military specific requirements. Becrypt’s collaboration with HP will help its clients meet their security challenges and ensure compliance with internal processes for the protection of data and broader legislation.

DISK Protect Windows 8 will also be available on other tablets including:

* Samsung 700T
* Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 (coming soon)
* Dell XPS 12

Becrypt will be exhibiting at the RSA Conference 2013, San Francisco, February 25 – March 1, stand number 442.

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