GuardianEdge and Seagate Raise the Bar for Endpoint Data Protection


GuardianEdge Data Protection Framework to Seamlessly Manage the Seagate DriveTrust(TM) Technology Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 /- GuardianEdge Technologies, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship with Seagate Technology® (NYSE:STX) designed to leverage the GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform for management of Seagate's encrypting notebook hard drive. This relationship was formed to address the growing need to protect against unauthorized access to laptop computer information and mitigate the risks posed by the potential loss or misuse of sensitive information.

According to the non-profit consumer information and advocacy organization Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 100 million consumer data records have been exposed through data breaches since January 2005. While organizations have begun to respond to this threat by incorporating stronger encryption and authentication security measures into their IT security postures, continued high profile data losses involving laptop computers have highlighted the need for more comprehensive and far-reaching solutions. The strategic relationship between Seagate and GuardianEdge combines strong hard disk security for laptops with enterprise management capabilities. This combination is designed to deliver a new level of laptop PC data protection -- providing the user registration and management, policy administration, client audit and reporting, instantaneous cryptographic erasure of the hard drive contents and key management and recovery services required by the range of enterprise users of Seagate DriveTrust Technology.

"The integration of GuardianEdge's security management capabilities with our DriveTrust Technology ensures that laptop computers with Seagate secure hard disk storage can be easily and centrally managed," said John Bedrick, Senior Director of IT Security -- New Market Development at Seagate Technology. "Ease of reporting for security management and regulatory compliance is crucial to organizations large and small. GuardianEdge is taking a leadership position in the management of disk drives with hardware- based encryption by managing the market's leading encrypting 2.5-inch hard drive: Seagate Momentus 5400 FDE.2. The combination of Seagate DriveTrust hard disk drives with GuardianEdge management capabilities provides a winning solution for our joint customers."

Seagate DriveTrust Technology is a powerful new security platform that combines strong, fully automated hardware-based security with a programming foundation that makes it easy to add security-based software applications for organization-wide encryption key management, multi-factor user authentication and other capabilities that help lock down digital information at rest.

The GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform is a unified management environment for hardware and software-based encryption solutions. Through seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory®, GuardianEdge and Seagate provide network administrators with robust endpoint data protection capabilities that integrate into existing IT management operations -- making these solutions familiar and easy to deploy. By centralizing the management services required to support a full array of data protection controls, administrators are provided with the reliability, high performance and scale required to address the data protection needs of a dynamic, changing organization. A modular, services-oriented approach provides the extensibility needed to support organizations as they introduce encryption-ready hard disks into their computer hardware inventory.

"Enterprises are continuously evolving and the quantity and portability of their digital content continues to grow exponentially," said Alan Fudge, president and CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies, Inc. "We believe that powerful but easy management of multiple data protection offerings through a common framework is critical to the success of these organizations' endpoint data protection strategies. Our strategic relationship with Seagate demonstrates our commitment to this approach. We are not only providing data protection solutions, we are helping organizations to leverage their existing investments in trusted hardware."

About GuardianEdge Technologies, Inc.

GuardianEdge Technologies, Inc. is a market leader in endpoint data protection for the enterprise. More than two million users around the world depend on GuardianEdge solutions to safeguard sensitive and proprietary information, to ensure compliance with regulations for maintaining consumer privacy and to enable secure enterprise mobility. The company's endpoint data protection solutions have been deployed by leading organizations including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Deutsche Bank AG and Humana Inc., as well as numerous agencies in the U.S. departments of Veteran Affairs, Defense, State and Education. For additional information, please visit: guardianedge.com/.

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