Enterprise encryption management

SecureDoc 6.1 takes encryption to mobile devices

About once a year, and sometimes more often than that,  a government laptop is stolen with the accompanying risk of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands. The latest victim was an employee at NASA, who had a laptop stolen from a vehicle at a Halloween party. NASA is now ordering all agency laptops that contain sensitive information to be encrypted. 

Simply locking down a fleet of notebooks with whole-disk encryption might not make an agency secure, though it’s a good start. Mobile devices, which are all basically enterprise clients in their own right, can still present plenty of security holes and sidedoors into secure data.

WinMagic is trying to plug that gap with the release of SecureDoc Version 6.1. For the first time, the suite offers capability with Apple Mac FileVault2 and Mobile Device Management (MDM) support for iOS and Android devices. Right from a single console, an administrator can manage rules and encryption profiles of notebooks and smart phones agencywide.

SecureDoc can help ensure security for organizations with “bring your own device” policies, said Liz Scott, vice president of marketing for WinMagic. The GCN Lab reviewed the previous version of WinMagic, giving it high marks for performance and value.

The core SecureDoc program is a comprehensive disk encryption and data security product that secures data at rest.  It has two main components: the client software used to encrypt and protect data and the server software used to configure, deploy and manage encryption for an entire organization. It uses a FIPS 140-2 certified, AES 256-bit cryptographic engine to encrypt data.  SecureDoc was also the first product in the market to use network-based pre-boot authentication.

The latest version of the software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, as well as Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard and Linux platforms, in addition to the mobile OSes.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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