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GuardianEdge Introduces New Multi-Factor Authentication and Updated Encryption Offering



Release of GuardianEdge Advanced Authentication and New Versions of GuardianEdge Hard Disk and Removable Storage Products Further Enhance GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13 / / -- GuardianEdge, the leading provider of endpoint data protection for the enterprise, today announced new versions of its Hard Disk and Removable Storage solutions as well as the introduction of GuardianEdge Advanced Authentication. This new product establishes strong proof of identity by going beyond a log-in ID and password when accessing encrypted data on systems and removable media with extensive support for multi-factor authentication.

GuardianEdge Advanced Authentication gives large enterprises and government agencies the ability to identify users before they are granted access to the operating system or data on removable media and devices. Multi-factor authentication further safeguards private, sensitive and legally protected data on endpoints, providing highly secure identification to ensure that only authorized users and administrators can access encrypted data on protected devices.

The solution offers extensive support for software and hardware certificates, including support for embedded PC, USB and PCMCIA readers plus a wide range of tokens and smartcards that utilize X.509 certificates for user authentication. This includes support for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC), a smartcard issued as standard identification for active duty military personnel, reserve personnel, civilian employees, and eligible government contractors.

GuardianEdge Advanced Authentication is fully integrated into the overarching GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform, and is closely integrated with two newly updated core platform components: GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption 9.0 and GuardianEdge Removable Storage 3.0.

"Data protection solutions must protect the full spectrum of vulnerable, enterprise endpoints and authentication is a pivotal part of this comprehensive process," said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Multi-factor authentication, that works well with smartcards and tokens, is one of the best ways to fully monitor who accesses private encrypted information and further supports the ongoing efforts of organizations to protect their valuable internal assets."

GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption 9.0 expands on the company's best-in-class integration with Microsoft Active Directory(R)(TM), providing the ability to enable full disk encryption protection for independent endpoints that are not managed through the domain. New migration support allows users of previous GuardianEdge solutions, such as Encryption Plus, to easily adopt the present GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform. This migration affords them all the benefits of a fully-integrated centralized management and policy environment closely integrated with Active Directory. GuardianEdge Removable Storage 3.0 advancements include compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista and support for more users per system.

"While hard disk and removable storage encryption solutions are essential when protecting data on mobile devices, they are not a complete answer to enterprise data protection. Without a full suite of data protection security solutions in place, organizations remain vulnerable to the possibility of data loss or breaches," said Ram Krishnan, GuardianEdge senior vice president of products and marketing. "Government agencies and enterprise organizations are becoming increasingly aware of threats to information at the endpoint. GuardianEdge Advanced Authentication addresses the market need for additional safeguards by enabling the use of multi-factor authentication, further securing critical data on enterprise PCs, laptops and removable media devices."

The GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform

The GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform enables group policy objects-based policy deployment in Active Directory, shared security and management services across data protection applications, a unified auditing and reporting environment, and single sign-on integration with secure client/server communications. Minimal to no intrusion into existing user workflows and operations, and key/password administration and recovery are also key features associated with the platform.

Availability

GuardianEdge Advanced Authentication, GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption 9.0 and GuardianEdge Removable Storage Encryption 3.0 will be available in March 2008. Please call (800) 440-0419 or visit guardianedge.com/ for more information.

About GuardianEdge

GuardianEdge is the leading provider of 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/.

Source: GuardianEdge

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