Dell adds hardware encryption to Latitude laptops
"World's most secure notebooks" combine HDD encryption with user and password management and pre-boot authentication
Dell has introduced hardware-based data encryption technology that it claims makes its Latitude notebook computers the "world's most secure laptops".
The company claims the combination of the hardware-based encryption offered by Seagate's Momentus HDD, and Wave Systems' Embassy software is an industry-first. Dell claims its encryption is both faster and more secure than software-only solutions.
"Dell is at the forefront of notebook security because it ranks as a top concern for customers in an environment where more data is produced by an increasingly mobile work force," says Margaret Franco, director, Dell Product Group. "The industry-first solution we're announcing today adds to our multi-pronged approach to security that delivers an ironclad assurance of protection."
Administrators can securely manage encrypted drives, set up and recover passwords, manage users and deploy pre-boot authentication using the bundled software. It also enables IT departments to quickly ascertain that all data on a lost or stolen laptop was safely encrypted.