Wave Systems has released a cloud-based encryption management service for centralised data protection.

The Wave Encryption Service (WES) is a scalable, subscription-based service that allows organisations to centrally enforce strong data encryption policies on laptops to secure data and meet compliance regulations, without the complexity and cost associated with an on-premise solution, the company said.

It said WES manages a variety of client encryption solutions, including folder-level software encryption and Microsoft Bitlocker. Automatic configuration of leading encryption technologies is available via a single web interface, while pre-configured compliance security policies are offered.

Brian Berger, Wave's executive vice-president of marketing and sales, said: “Some data protection laws on the state and federal level mandate encryption at the endpoint, no matter how big or small the business or the size of its IT budget.

“The Wave Encryption Service is designed to provide the same compliance-grade security of an on-premise solution, without the complexity or cost. It can eliminate the need to install or maintain third-party software and can be implemented securely in the cloud.”