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Managed Full Disk Encryption Service For Canadian University

WinMagic : 11 October, 2010  (Application Story)
WinMagic is supplying a University in Canada with managed security services for data protection and full disk encryption for laptops, desktops and removable media
WinMagic has announced that University of Guelph (U of G), one of Canada's top comprehensive universities, has selected its SecureDoc IT Managed Security/Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) full-disk encryption to protect all data on faculty and key administration staff laptops.

"An executive Briefing Paper on 'Protection of Sensitive Data' emphasized a desire for an 'enterprise approach' to include centralized key management, regulatory compliance and management of the risk of data loss," said Douglas Badger, CGA CISA CGEIT Director, IT Portfolio Management & Systems Assurance, Office of the CIO, University of Guelph. "It was agreed at that time to limit our investigation to enterprise-class vendors offering a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy SaaS delivery model," Badger continued. "We were attracted to WinMagic being local to the University, the opportunity to be part of developing the new SaaS service and their responsiveness to our inquiries - the other vendors we contacted were tardy in responding."

Compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, WinMagic's user-friendly, enterprise-class SecureDoc SaaS delivery model protects all data stored on servers, desktops, laptops and removable media, such as USB thumb drives and CD/DVDs without an organization having to spend valuable time and money purchasing, installing and integrating a physical product. And, in the event that a password is forgotten, or if the user is not available, centralized escrow and management of encryption keys ensure critical data can still be accessed.

"As we are using the SaaS delivery model, integration with existing campus infrastructure is not required," commented Badger. "The SaaS delivery model has proved a cost-effective, efficient and user-friendly method of protecting all data on university laptops," Badger continued. "End-user training requirements are minimal as the software is unobtrusive and so user feedback has been very positive."

WinMagic's SaaS solution has successfully met U of G's data security requirements.

"We have been very happy with performance of SecureDoc SaaS and are expanding its deployment to include all senior management and key administrators," said Badger. "It has enabled us to meet all our data protection requirements without inconveniencing faculty and staff, and I certainly recommend it to other organizations - especially those with resource-constrained IT units who would benefit from the SaaS delivery model."

In its latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection, the authors John Girard and Eric Oullet write: "Gartner believes that MDP SaaS offerings will be more readily received as buyers become comfortable with cloud-based services. SaaS could have a special appeal for entry-level buyers to encourage small pilot projects and to facilitate small or midsize businesses (SMBs) that may lack the IT resources to install, monitor and support MDP projects in-house. SaaS currently represents a small percentage of earnings for the majority of vendors tracked in this research." The paper goes on to state, "MDP SaaS could provide a low-complexity method of key management."

"SecureDoc as an IT Managed Security/SaaS solution was developed to make it simple and cost-effective for organizations to protect their data on all devices, and so it is great to hear that it has worked so well for University of Guelph," said Joseph Belsanti, Vice President of Marketing, WinMagic. "The delivery model makes it possible for any sized organization to afford enterprise-class data protection," Belsanti continued. "And, with the associated cost of data theft being so high, can any organization really afford not to encrypt all data?"

SecureDoc 'webified' enables organizations to deploy any combination of sector-based full-disk encryption, file-and-folder encryption, container encryption and self-extractor encryption - making it easy to customize data protection to meet specific security protocols and 'future-proof' encryption investment. Also, SecureDoc makes it simple for organizations to take full advantage of the latest products, such as Intel® Anti-Theft (Intel® AT) which acts as a laptop theft deterrence mechanism - enabling organizations to remotely issue a "poison pill" to disable stolen laptops whether or not they are connected to the internet. SecureDoc seamlessly adds full-disk encryption and encryption management to Intel AT to ensure data cannot be accessed before a laptop is disabled, even if the hard drive is removed and installed on another computer.
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