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RFID locator cleans sensitive data from stolen laptops.

Virtuity : 19 February, 2008  (New Product)
Wireless location technology for laptops equipped with RFID tags enable controllers to remove sensitive information before it falls into the wrong hands.
A British company has developed an intelligent security technology that can block access and even destroy data if a laptop is moved from its designated space. Backstopp, from technology company, Virtuity, constantly monitors the electronic 'heartbeat' of a laptop to determine its location. If the laptop is moved from its allowed zone the software steps in to remove sensitive data.

The development, which is designed to be used in conjunction with encryption software, will allow easier access to data for authorised personnel whilst providing another layer of protection from data theft. The comprehensive system can provide an at-a-glance report of which laptops contain what data, and their level of security.

Backstopp can utilise any wireless communication, such as WiFi, to locate laptops. The PCs can also be tagged with RFID chips to monitor movement when switched off - companies may wish to limit a laptop's movement to one desk, one floor or one building within a facility, for example.

If a laptop owner reports it missing to the control centre, or the control centre concludes that the machine is 'at risk', such as being moved through a stairwell, the system seeks out the digital heartbeat and sends the 'self destruct' message. Meanwhile the software on the laptop can use any in-built webcam to start taking a series of photographs to help with identification of the culprit, uploading the images as soon as any network becomes available. The system is completely invisible to the thief.

With prices starting at £10 a laptop per month, the new system is set to become an essential add-on security measure for companies and government departments. Data should continue to be encrypted in any case, says Virtuity, with BackStopp being used to bring a firm conclusion to any laptop loss.

'There are millions of laptops out there that contain valuable data,' commented Dean Bates, CTO of Virtuity. 'The vast majority are not stolen for their data, but the ultimate recipient will often come across the data and use it for criminal purposes. This solution prevents that illicit use.'
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