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Notebook protection collaboration between PGP and Intel

PGP (GB) : 21 April, 2009  (Company News)
Anti-Theft Technology from Intel to be integrated with PGP's whole disk encryption product for enhanced protection to laptop computer users
PGP Corporation has reached an agreement with Intel Corporation to support Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT-p). PGP will integrate Intel Anti-Theft Technology into the award-winning PGP Whole Disk Encryption solutions for combined asset and data protection as well as help with notebook theft deterrence for organisations worldwide. Intel Anti-Theft Technology, available in many of the latest notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 with Intel vPro technology, is a hardware-based asset protection and theft deterrence solution that protects the notebook through disable options via a "poison pill" when theft or loss is determined by local detection mechanisms or a remote server notification. The combined solution will offer large enterprise and SMB customers options to block access to private, sensitive data that is secured by PGP data encryption solutions.

"Time after time, we've seen that data breaches due to lost or stolen notebooks can have a detrimental impact to a public or private organisation - protecting data and personal information has never been more critical," said Steven Schoenfeld, vice president Products and Strategy, PGP Corporation. "We are pleased to continue to expand our relationship with Intel; this collaboration underscores our commitment to developing and providing the most comprehensive and leading edge data protection solutions for organisations worldwide."

"The collaboration with PGP Corporation on asset and data protection solutions helps to define a new security paradigm for organisations of all sizes to help deter theft of costly hardware and protect the often more valuable data inside," said George Thangadurai, director, Strategic Planning, and general manager, Anti-Theft Program, Intel Mobile Platforms Group.

According to the recently released 2008 Ponemon Cost of a Data Breach Studies, compromised customer records in the US costs a company $202 per record, in the U.K. the cost of lost customer data is £60 per record and in Germany it is €112 per lost customer information. Without proper asset and data protection practices, these breaches can cause significant damage to a company's brand and bottom line.

PGP Corporation will integrate with the local and remote theft detection mechanisms provided by Intel Anti-Theft Technology, and provide recovery options. When an Intel Anti-Theft Technology enabled notebook is lost or stolen and the theft condition is asserted, the combined Intel and PGP solution will disable the notebook and block access to encrypted data even if the user's credentials have been compromised. Once the notebook has been recovered and the theft condition is cleared, the hardware can easily be re-activated locally using a pre-provisioned user pass-phrase or a remote server-assisted one-time use recovery token. Since the data on the recovered notebook is not deleted and the protection is non-destructive, the data can be securely retrieved upon routine pre-boot authentication.
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