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WinMagic data protection with fingerprint biometrics

UPEK : 04 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Alliance between WinMagic and UPEK results in secure endpoint data protection using fingerprint recognition biometric technology.
WinMagic and UPEK announce that SecureDoc data protection software now supports UPEK fingerprint authentication. The companies' integrated solution is being demonstrated - for the first time - at the RSA Conference 2008 (WinMagic's booth #2425 and UPEK's booth #2003).

Enterprise businesses and government organisations face significant risks and penalties when laptops or portable storage media, containing valuable data assets or personal identifiable information (PII), go missing. SecureDoc's comprehensive end point data protection suite safeguards proprietary information and PII stored on mobile computers and portable media. With added support for UPEK fingerprint authentication, SecureDoc raises the stakes for both security and end user convenience, while reducing IT support costs.

"Encryption and authentication are the primary controls for securing access to sensitive data," said Thi Nguyen-Huu CEO of WinMagic. "However, we know from experience that users will circumvent these controls if they are intrusive or impede productivity," Nguyen-Huu continued. "Our partnership with UPEK illustrates our commitment to provide enterprise customers with the most easy-to-use, easy-to-manage data protection solutions."

SecureDoc supports the UPEK biometric authentication sensors that come standard in over 75 different notebook computer models, as well as UPEK's award-winning Eikon® USB peripherals. Eikon peripherals come in two convenient form factors - one designed for desktop computers, and a second portable model designed for mobile computer users.

"The strong market need for end point data security solutions, and the widespread availability of fingerprint-enabled notebooks and peripherals, makes this integrated offering especially valuable to customers," said Robert Blau, UPEK General Manager and Vice President. "With today's announcement, the enterprise data that resides in millions of mobile computers can be securely and conveniently protected with the simple swipe of a finger."

"Our newest benchmark report on user authentication confirms that enhancing security often has the unintended consequence of making logon less convenient for end users," said Derek Brink, Vice President and Research Director for IT Security, Aberdeen Group. "By enabling users to authenticate using fingerprint technology before the operating system boots, and - if policy requires - any time they seek access to encrypted data, the integration between UPEK and SecureDoc is designed to address both convenience and security."

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