I recently spoke with Imation, which was announcing the roll-out of its range of ‘mobile security' following several acquisitions.
Except this is not mobile security as we know it; vice-president for EMEA and APAC Nicholas Banks told me that the launch of Imation Mobile Security relates to its range of data storage and security products.
This includes solutions acquired from IronKey, MXI and Encryptx in 2011, with the brands carrying certifications such as FIPS, CAPS (with additional DIPCOG approval), AIVD and NATO. It also offers its own range of secure hardware and software management products named ‘Defender'.
Speaking to SC Magazine, Banks said: “This is a strategic decision to become involved with security and provide organisations with a number of solutions for the modern workplace. What we are providing is a range of products that are easy to use, deploy and manage.”
According to the company, it provides ‘best of breed' solutions to protect ever-increasing amounts of data against loss, theft or security breaches.
Imation Mobile Security general manager Lawrence Reusing said: “Our commitment and investment in new product development is so that we can bring the best possible solutions to market, enabling both Imation and our partners to take advantage of the rapidly expanding high-security USB device market by providing world-class solutions for the mobile data and mobile workspaces.”
I asked Banks about the decision to name the division of the company ‘mobile security' when it does not offer that specifically; he said ‘mobile' means the mobile workforce.
“You can use the technology in the working environment for what you need it for, you can run a fingerprint over the USB with the technology that comes from MXI,” he said.
Imation's background is in data storage. It launched Defender in 2010, acquired encryption and removable software security solutions vendor Encryptx In March 2011, and acquired MXI Security in June, adding technologies and solutions for device security, including the Stealth Zone platform for secure computing environments.
The acquisition in October of IronKey's secure hardware business has put it in a strong position as 2012 bears down. Banks said that 2011 has been a successful year for the company, but challenges such as consumerisation and 'bring your own device' (BYOD) is leading more and more companies to realise the potential of being more mobile.
He said: “More companies are realising that they cannot have information lying around; they need a secure environment where information needs to be encrypted and made safe while it is in the business. We will look to grow our reseller and channel partners for 2012.”
The remote storage device space does not have a huge amount of vendors, but the problems of data being stored on unsecured media have been well documented. Imation Mobile Security will find a market ready and waiting for such needs.