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March 6, 2009

Seagate and Mobile Armor offer data security for laptops

Can the partnership enable data protection regardless of operating system?

By CBR Staff Writer

Hard disk drive manufacturer Seagate and data security company Mobile Armor have announced a collaboration to provide data protection for laptop computers.

A joint offering will mean that Seagate’s Momentus self-encrypting hard drives will offer management, authentication, and auditing capabilities for laptop PCs running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems.

The Momentus FDE (full-disk encryption) notebook hard drives, 5400- and 7200-rpm models with capacities of up to a half-terabyte, is expected to help protect against unauthorized access to information on lost or stolen notebook computers.

Joan Motsinger, vice president of personal systems marketing and strategy at Seagate, said: Seagate’s collaboration with Mobile Armor gives organizations an easy-to-deploy full disk encryption solution that automatically encrypts data and manages multiple policies and controls to greatly simplify laptop security for IT administrators and end users.

Chand Vyas, Chairman and CEO of Mobile Armor, said: This collaboration marks a new generation of integrated solutions, where enterprises and government agencies can now manage and audit all their security from a single unified policy and management console which is device and platform agnostic.

Last year Seagate announced a mobile PC security alliance with firmware provider Phoenix Technologies to offer data protection under a web-based management console and policy framework.

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