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GuardianEdge Goes Portable

As users become increasingly paranoid about the risks posed by removable media, security vendor GuardianEdge has overhauled its product line to lock down portable data. (See GuardianEdge Adds Protection.)

GuardianEdge, which makes hard disk encryption software for laptops and PCs, today unveiled software for encrypting data on removable devices such as flash memory and USB drives. The vendor also announced a deal to integrate its software with Seagate's Momentus 5400 FDE.2 notebook drive. (See Seagate, GuardianEdge Team, Security Smorgasbord on Show, and Secude, Seagate Demo at SNW.)

The vulnerability of data on removable devices was cited as a major pain point by users at last week's Data Protection Summit in Irvine, Calif. Following a series of high profile storage snafus at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Los Alamos National Lab, CIOs and IT managers are re-focusing their efforts on portable data. (See Encryption's Hard Truths.)

At this point, relatively few USB drive vendors -- SanDisk, Lexar, and Kingston Technologies -- have added encryption to their products, forcing users to deploy third-party software to secure data on the devices. (See Users Go for Data Lockdown.)

Guardian Edge's Data Protection Platform, which was unveiled today, is a software bundle which includes the vendor's existing laptop encryption software along with a similar offering for removable media. This automates file encryption for data transferred between desktop and laptop PCs and portable drives and iPods. The vendor has also added a feature called DeviceControl, which lets IT managers set access controls for laptop ports and devices.

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