Software helps deploy, manage, and control encryption.

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Designed for Windows Encrypting File System, Client Encryption Manager provides centralized automated configuration and management capabilities to give organizations deploying EFS in enterprise environments alternative to 3rd party full disk encryption systems. Program enables administrators to define policies for which folders will and will not be encrypted. It can prevent users from turning EFS off, and provide automatic backup and recovery of damaged or destroyed keys.

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Venafi Expands Systems Management Capabilities of Microsoft Encrypting File System (EFS) for Comprehensive Data Protection

Joins SecureIT Alliance to Help Enterprises Utilize Investments in Microsoft Encryption Technology and Move to Windows Vista BitLocker

SANDY, Utah, Sept. 24 /-- Venafi, a leading provider of systems management for encryption, today announced its Client Encryption Manager (CEM) for the Windows Encrypting File System (EFS). CEM provides centralized automated configuration and management capabilities to give organizations deploying EFS in enterprise environments a lower-cost alternative to expensive and complex 3rd party full disk encryption systems. CEM will help companies utilize their investment in Microsoft technology to more cost-effectively protect client data while better enabling a seamless migration to Windows Vista with its BitLocker Drive Encryption solution -- a full disk encryption data-protection feature available in the Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

"With Windows Vista and BitLocker encryption on the enterprise deployment horizon, organizations considering proprietary full disk encryption tools should assess whether these 3rd party tools still make sense," said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Perhaps a more prudent approach in the meantime would be to configure and manage the security features that are already available in Windows XP and Windows 2000 in a way that meets necessary safe harbor requirements, and also enable a more straightforward Vista migration. Venafi Client Encryption Manager is an encryption management solution that may help organizations bridge this gap."

According to Trell Rohovit, president and CEO, Venafi, "We believe utilizing functionality in the operating system is a much better IT governance strategy than buying expensive and hard to manage proprietary 3rd party disk encryption systems that supersede the operating system. Our customers successfully leverage EFS today to protect their most critical assets and can easily bridge to Windows Vista BitLocker to gain full advantage of both file-based and full-volume encryption functionality."

Venafi was recently accepted into the SecureIT Alliance, a Microsoft Corp.-led consortium of more than 100 leading global security companies that work together and with customers to create innovative new security solutions.

"The SecureIT Alliance is centered around helping our customers feel confident their corporate data stays in the right hands, and companies like Venafi help to achieve this goal" said Gerry Albert, director of the SecureIT Alliance, Microsoft Corp. "Venafi, as a member of the alliance, will help our mutual customers gain additional critical systems management capabilities for their Microsoft-based encryption deployments today on Windows."

This collaboration will continue to help Venafi, whose customers include eight of the world's largest financial services and telecommunication companies, deliver a set of systems management capabilities that assist with enabling Microsoft-based encryption functionality to provide comprehensive data protection.

Following are some of the significant capabilities Venafi CEM delivers to enable EFS for comprehensive laptop and desktop encryption:

-- Centralized Policy Definition and Enforcement: The Venafi system enables administrators to define different policies for which folders will-and will not-be encrypted, eliminating the difficult and costly need to manually turn on EFS for each folder to be encrypted. It automatically executes policy changes in real-time on the appropriate desktop systems, making it simple to reconfigure thousands of desktops with one click. Policy-based file encryption controls also allow administrators to designate file types that must always be encrypted.
-- Ability to Prevent Users from Turning EFS Off: Because Venafi can remove the ability for users to turn off EFS, companies know that their data is encrypted should their devices become lost or stolen.
-- Rapid EFS Key Recovery: Venafi provides automatic, seamless backup and recovery of damaged or destroyed keys, reducing or even eliminating downtime and related help desk calls.
-- Logs to Demonstrate Encrypted Data: Venafi enables EFS to log which folders were encrypted on which system and when. Under current breach notification laws, organizations are required to notify customers whose sensitive data is contained on a lost or stolen device if the data was not encrypted at the time of the theft. This helps organizations avoid such embarrassing and costly announcements.

About Venafi
Venafi provides systems management for encryption by enabling organizations to deploy, manage and control encryption technologies across their diverse operating systems and infrastructure environments -- from the desktop to the datacenter. Venafi products provide automated discovery of encryption, application encryption configuration, key and certificate lifecycle management and reporting. The tangible business value for Venafi customers includes significantly reduced system failure due to under-managed encryption, increased operational efficiency, reduced operating costs, and improved compliance and data security. Venafi customers consist of some of the most prestigious financial services, telecommunications, and online services companies in the world. For more information, go to

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