Dell has teamed with Seagate Technology and McAfee in a push to secure laptop computer information worldwide from theft or other loss.

 

Seagate has commenced shipments of its self-encrypting notebook PC hard drives with up to 500GB of capacity, Dell is now shipping the first self-encrypting laptop with 320GB of capacity and McAfee is set to provide software for the enterprise-wide management of laptops with Seagate security.

 

The new Momentus full disk encryption (FDE) laptop drives are available as 5400- and 7200-rpm models with capacities up to a half-terabyte, delivering powerful protection against unauthorised access to information on lost or stolen laptop computers.

 

The Momentus FDE drives feature government-grade encryption that delivers powerful security for confidential customer or corporate information on executive laptop computers, critical customer data on field sales and customer support laptop PCs, and sensitive information on personal laptops.

 

Using factory-installed Embassy Suite software from Wave Systems or third-party software from Dell's Software and Peripherals group, Dell customers can easily deploy and manage FDE drives with the necessary controls for ensuring compliance with data protection statutes.

 

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator management system and McAfee's endpoint encryption client will integrate with Seagate Momentus FDE hard drives to use the embedded hardware encryption, giving customers full, user-rich features and the total enterprise management required to secure laptop computers in heterogeneous environments. 

 

IT security personnel will be able to enforce policy management globally, enable token authentication and end-user password recovery, and allow organisations to prove that a missing laptop was encrypted at the time it was lost or stolen – crucial for compliance with many data-privacy laws.

 

Tom Major, vice president of the Personal Compute Business Unit at Seagate, said: “Seagate is pleased to be teaming with McAfee to simplify security management for our customers and providing Dell with the world's fastest self-encrypting hard drive for its newest Latitude computers.”

 

Jim Middleton, director of marketing for the Corporate Business Group at Dell, said: “Seagate is a key partner in Dell's efforts to secure sensitive computer information and has enabled us to deliver easy-to-use, simple-to-manage self-encrypting laptops that provide powerful security for customer information.”

 

Tony Jennings, vice president strategic partnerships at McAfee, said: “By teaming with Seagate on its new encrypting Momentus drive, we are extending additional protection to our customers.”