Symantec has announced the release of Symantec Endpoint Encryption, designed to provide advanced encryption for desktops, laptops and removable storage devices.
Symantec Endpoint Encryption is a scalable, enterprise-wide security offering that prevents unauthorized access to endpoints with strong encryption and access control technologies.
Designed to help customers protect sensitive information and mitigate the increasing risks of data loss, Symantec Endpoint Encryption offers scalable, centralized management for easy deployment and administration. Customers may also leverage existing tools through synchronization with Microsoft Active Directory for group policy management.
In addition, Symantec Endpoint Encryption meets government directives and regulations as the audit reporting capabilities help customers demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements that mandate the use of encryption technologies to better protect data.
According to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, theft or loss of computer or other data-storage medium made up 46% of all data breaches that could lead to identity theft during the period of 1 January to 30 June 2007.
“As the amount of information generated by businesses continues to increase and is stored on a growing number of endpoint devices that may be compromised, lost or stolen, encryption should be applied, based on policy, to help protect sensitive information and interactions as part of a larger information protection strategy,” says Patrick Evans, regional director for Africa at Symantec.
“Symantec’s encryption solutions will continue to provide customers a balance of simplicity and sophistication to ease implementation while meeting business needs.”
Symantec Endpoint Encryption offers both full disk encryption as well as removable storage encryption capabilities. Symantec Endpoint Encryption – Full Disk Edition is the full disk encryption component designed to protect all data on the hard drive of Microsoft Windows-based machines.
It allows IT administrators to encrypt the hard drive to protect information and prevent the exposure of sensitive data should a machine be lost or stolen. The encryption technology is designed to be transparent to the end user and performed with minimal performance impact.
Symantec Endpoint Encryption – Removable Storage Edition is the removable storage component that is designed to protect all data on USB, Firewire, Compact Flash, iPod, CD, DVDs, and other storage devices and removable media. It encrypts files defined by central policy and on the fly, when copied to removable media. Businesses of all sizes are able to maximize the productivity benefits of using removable storage devices while minimizing the risks these devices pose to data security.