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Single system for data encryption and destruction.

Virtuity : 17 April, 2008  (New Product)
OpenCentral from Virtuity provides API links into third party encryption software to enable full data control.
Virtuity has extended its system to provide links into encryption and backup software. The move will allow for complete protection for laptops containing sensitive data, whilst avoiding accidental loss of information.

Virtuity's new "OpenCentral" software suite provides top-level management of laptop security. It controls the company's BackStopp 'self destruct' software, whilst providing an API link into third party encryption and backup systems. The software means that a single system can control data encryption and initiate data destruction whilst ensuring valuable data is backed up and not lost.

BackStopp OpenCentral allows third party encryption and backup vendors to integrate their solutions with the Backstopp management console using open SOAP or REST webservice APIs. All messages exchanged with OpenCentral are secured on the wire. Interested encryption and backup vendors are invited to contact the company.

'Our BackStopp self-destruct software was designed to complement a secure encryption and backup regime, and now we can fully integrate with this regime when it already exists or play a key role in the creation of such regimes where they do not already exist,' commented Dean Bates, CTO of Virtuity. 'Using this approach, users can be confident that data is protected from prying eyes, and can be deleted automatically if a laptop is lost. And if the worst happens, an automatic, secure copy of the data is available to restore to a new laptop.'

Backstopp, introduced in February, uses a number of channels, including GSM, WiFi and RFID to send a signal to the device that data should be destroyed.

When using RFID, if the laptop is moved from its allowed zone the software can be setup to step in to remove sensitive data. When a laptop owner reports it missing to the control centre, or the control centre concludes that the machine is 'at risk', 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.
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