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Whole disk encryption for workgroups

PGP (GB) : 08 April, 2009  (New Product)
Small businesses can now benefit from PGP's whole disk encryption technology with the release of the company's workgroup edition
PGP Corporation has announced PGP Whole Disk Encryption Workgroup Edition, a simple, easy-to-manage full disk encryption solution specifically designed for small businesses and workgroup environments that need to protect data from theft and loss, and adhere to compliance mandates. The latest data protection offering from PGP Corporation also provides an easy, sellable solution for the channel, which is complemented by an expanded global channel strategy and new programmes focused on increasing partner value and delivery. Channel partners can now offer a broad range of PGP encryption solutions from the individual level, to small and medium businesses, to large enterprises - all of which provide seamless migration paths to support customers' evolving data protection needs.

Industry regulations and data protection laws are posing new data security challenges to companies of all sizes, especially the small business market, as compliance laws do not distinguish between small and large organisations. Small businesses are currently at a greater risk for data breaches and cybercrime attacks due to the fact that they typically cannot afford enterprise-grade encryption technology to protect their assets and intellectual property. Furthermore, small businesses face additional obstacles when it comes to data protection - limited security budgets; shortage of in-house, dedicated IT resources; and little knowledge and management of encryption technologies.

In response to channel and market demand, PGP Corporation is removing the complexity and high-cost of obtaining and managing encryption technology to reduce the risk of damaging data breaches for the small business market. PGP Whole Disk Encryption Workgroup Edition provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use full disk encryption solution for small businesses and workgroup environments that protects data on laptops, desktops and USB devices. PGP Corporation partners now have the ability to enter new markets with a low-cost, data protection solution based on the PGP award-winning technology that will enable them to drive incremental business.

Designed for environments with 10-150 users, the PGP Whole Disk Encryption Workgroup Edition is comprised of the PGP Whole Disk Encryption Controller management application for Microsoft Windows and PGP Whole Disk Encryption client software. PGP Whole Disk Encryption Controller is a simple, intuitive management console that can run on the customer's Windows system and does not require any additional servers or databases -- only basic Windows administration knowledge is needed. With just a few simple clicks, administrators can configure policy and rapidly deploy PGP Whole Disk Encryption to all user systems using any software deployment tool. At an affordable price point at $119 per seat, small businesses can focus on innovating and growing their business, while the PGP Whole Disk Encryption Workgroup Edition transparently protects employee, partner and customer data, so that they can maintain compliance and safeguard their brand and customer trust.

"While small business and workgroups might not have the budget of a large enterprise, they still have compliance and legal requirements to protect sensitive corporate, employee and customer data," said Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of PGP Corporation. "PGP Whole Disk Encryption Workgroup Edition is another milestone in how we are expanding our data protection solutions to meet the needs of companies of ALL sizes."

In conjunction with releasing a "channel-focused" solution, PGP Corporation is rolling out new channel programmes and initiatives for value added solutions providers and distributors to help them grow their PGP solutions business. PGP Corporation's new partner-enablement, training and recruitment programs leverage turn-key PGP solutions that are designed to help partners establish high-margin and reoccurring revenue streams, as well as create cross-sell opportunities in vertical and adjacent markets.

Specific New Channel Programs include:

PGP RevenueReady - is an integral component of PGP Corporation's strategy to provide effective product, sales and technical training via The PGP Whiteboard Training Program, which is tailored specifically for partners so they can jumpstart customer engagements with credible PGP technology knowledge and expertise.

PGP MarketReady - a campaign on-demand portal and toolset that enables partners to easily create co-branded PGP solutions marketing materials and lead generation campaigns. Partners have access to MarketReady data sheets, compliance briefs, white papers, and customer and industry briefs along with channel-focused lead-generation campaign modules starting with mobile data protection, email encryption and file encryption. These PGP MarketReady tools enable partners to increase time-to-market with rapid customer response, while simplifying the end-to-end sales cycle.

"PGP Corporation is well recognised by our mutual customers as the de facto standard for encryption," said Grahame Smee, managing director for Cohort Technology Limited, a PGP Corporation distribution partner. "We are excited to be part of PGP's channel as they continue to raise the bar for the Channel community and look forward to leveraging PGP's new MarketReady, turn-key solutions to grow our vertical market practices and deliver more value to client base."

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