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Monday, June 09, 2008

PGP Releases Bre-Boot Data Encryption For Mac OS X

While PGP already offers a data encryption solution for the Mac, the latest release adds a pre-boot authentication to the Menlo Park-based company’s data encryption offering for Mac’s Tiger and Leopard operating systems.  Specifically, the disk encryption solution is aimed to protect the entire content of any type of removable media, including laptops, desktops, external drives or USB flash drives, including boot sectors, system and swap files.

“We try to be sensitive to that and make sure the machine is still usable while you’re encrypting,” said John Dasher, director of product management at PGP.

The encryption solution comes at a time when Macs are becoming more ubiquitous in the enterprise environment.  With the success of the iPhone and iPod, more and more businesses are incorporating Macs into their network environments, experts say.

A March Forrester Research study reported that the enterprise adoption of Macs tripled to 4.2 percent last year, while a Yankee Group survey found that 87 percent of companies now have at least some Macs in their offices—a statistic which has risen 48 percent from two years ago.

Execs tout the product as the the only one on the market that can accommodate an integrated environment for both Windows and OS X.  Looking at the broader picture, Dasher said that the data encryption solution addresses the growing need for enterprises to protect critical data, which has become increasingly mobile, and as a result, increasingly vulnerable to loss.

It also comes at a time when companies are required to implement beefed up security to protect intellectual property and corporate brand quality, as well as sensitive customer information.

Posted on 06/09