'Veterans Affairs Data Theft Could Have Been Harmless'
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Press release date: May 25, 2006
WinMagic full-disk encryption solution protects government desktops, laptops and easily stolen storage devices. Software based on the same technology used by the Department of Homeland Security.
(Washington, DC: May 25, 2006) With the theft of as many as 26.5 million data records stored by Veterans Affairs coming to light this week, Thi Nguyen-Huu, president and CEO of WinMagic® Inc. (www.winmagic.com), believes that this type of problem could have been avoided.
WinMagic's SecureDoc® full-disk encryption solutions are used by several U.S. government agencies to protect desktops, laptops and easily stolen storage devices. The encryption software is certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) to safeguard secret U.S. government information.
"WinMagic has been providing full-disk encryption software solutions to organizations with the strictest security mandates, such as the NSA, Homeland Security, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for more than five years," says Nguyen-Huu. "Even if the laptop or the removable media is stolen, it would be impossible to access the data without the encryption password."
WinMagic is also part of a pilot project with the Department of State, which will lead the department to a Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and FIPS 201 compliant solution, and its software is FIPS 140 Level 2 certified.
For everyone who carries a laptop filled with personal information, WinMagic is now offering an economical solution as well. In April, WinMagic introduced MySecureDoc(TM) (www.MySecureDoc.com), the first line of full-disk encryption solutions specifically priced for the individual consumer and home office/small business user. MySecureDoc makes it simple for users to protect themselves from potentially devastating data theft for just US $29.95.
The Veterans Affairs story is just the latest example of the growing problem of data theft in the United States. Similar incidents occurred at Fidelity Investments and Wells Fargo early this year.
"As highlighted by the Veterans Affairs security breach in which personal information was stolen from a single laptop, unencrypted data can easily be compromised," says Thi Nguyen-Huu. "WinMagic firmly believes that all data on every computer - whether in a government or business setting, traveling or at home - should be encrypted."
Thi Nguyen-Huu is available for media interviews or comment on current news stories. Contact Chuck Hester, APR, director of public relations, Koroberi, Inc. (www.koroberi.com), by phone at (919) 960-9794 ext. 24 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About WinMagic® Inc. WinMagic's SecureDoc full-disk encryption line integrates with passwords, hardware tokens, biometric devices, and PKI authentication technologies at pre-boot to make it simple to protect all data on desktops, laptops and PDAs. For more information on WinMagic's award-winning products/services, please visit www.winmagic.com, call 1-888-879-5879 (toll-free North America), +1 905 502-7000 (worldwide), or email email@example.com.