Dell has announced the launch of a file-based encryption solution.

According to the company, Dell Data Protection | Encryption is a file-based solution that is designed to protect data on laptops and desktops, as well as external media.

Using technology from Credant, it encrypts a drive at the file level, with options available based on the end-user profile, data sensitivity and compliance needs.

Dell product manager Bob Bennett said that the company has recently added biometric and security solutions to its hardware and engagement with customers led it to believe that security is seen as being about people and policy and not technology.

He said: “With an installed system there is a requirement to be compliant and reach requirements and keep out the headlines for wrong reasons. Also, we heard that a lot of data breaches are down to external devices and removable media so the Dell Data Protection | Encryption was designed to fix these issues.

“The initial transition to rollout encryption in an enterprise tends to be quite cumbersome as you have to do un-encryption, transportation and re-encryption and rollout and that can take up to 24 hours.

“This is a multi-key solution with three key options: common for administrators; user for end-users; and system data. This will allow IT administrators to do things with policy at different levels that you do not get in a sector-based environment as the encryption is at file-level.”

Bennett said that with removable and personally-owned devices, the Dell Data Protection | Encryption will not encrypt the entire device but will encrypt the data on it, as the administrator can set a domain level and encrypt everything that attaches to it.

“We are very focused on data, you can control the data on a device and it also offers nine compliance settings that a controller can set up quickly. This should not interfere with how authentication options occur, but it gives the organisation through IT the ability to control data and choose encryption to give flexibility,” he said.

He also admitted that while desktops, notebooks and USB sticks can be managed, it is not able to work with smartphones or tablets as yet.

Eric Ouellet, vice president of secure business enablement at Gartner, said: “Managed endpoint encryption solutions that are flexible and adaptable to the demands of mobile users help minimise risks and are an important part of best practice frameworks.”