IT security product launched to prevent data theft from handheld computers Friday 30 March 2001 PDF Print - Solves the serious and growing threat to data security London, March 30 2001 - The upsurge in use of advanced handheld computers, which can store large volumes of sensitive company data, will create new security problems for major companies and organisations. To combat the growing threat of losing valuable company information stored on handheld computers, Pointsec Mobile Technologies has today launched a security system specifically designed for handheld computers. "Pointsec for Palm OS" protects information stored on handheld computers produced by Palm Inc. using an advanced access control system and encryption technology. The most advanced Palm pilots currently available have a memory capacity of 8 Mb, which is sufficient to store 10,000 personal or company addresses, 400 e-mail messages and 3000 documents with notes. The loss of one such device, storing so much data could pose a serious security threat to an organisation if it got into the wrong hands, and could cause a devastating effect to a company if an intruder was to access the corporate network using wireless technology. A handheld computer isn't just easy to pick up and take to and from work - it is also easy to lose and steal! If handheld computers become as popular as mobile phones, the amount of thefts could be astronomic, according to The Federation of Communication Services over 15,000 mobile phones are stolen every month in the UK alone. The increase in the number of handheld computers that are lost is directly relative to the increase in use. Figures published last month by IDC predict that the global handheld market will explode in the next three years, from 12.9 million units in 2000 to over 63.4 million by 2004. As sales increase, so do the number of connections to corporate networks. According to analysts the Gartner Group, there will be more than one billion handheld computers and mobile telephones with wireless network connectivity in use in the world by 2003. Some 600 million of these will also have Internet connectivity. "Pointsec for Palm OS" has been developed with this very market in mind and has been specially designed for users in major companies and organisations. This latest product complements the already existing "Pointsec for PC" which is already being widely used by corporations and government department's worldwide. This is a further step towards having one security system to protect an organisations entire range of handheld computers, laptops and PCs. The system protects all stored information by only allowing the user access to the computer after entering the correct password. The password consists of a number of digits or symbols. Where extra protection is needed in addition to access control, e.g. to protect important addresses, customer records, credit card numbers and other passwords, the system can use encryption. "Pointsec protects information effectively by employing a dual layer principle. Firstly, an effective access protection system is used that requires entry of a password. If anyone were to attempt to circumvent this by, for example, dismantling the unit to gain access to the memory circuits, all applications would be protected through 128-bit encryption. In other words, this makes the data stored on handheld computers inaccessible to unauthorised users", says Thomas Bill, President of Pointsec Mobile Technologies. Pointsec is developed and marketed by Pointsec Mobile Technologies, a subsidiary of Protect Data AB. Pointsec protects all information stored on handheld computers and PCs from unauthorised access. The list of customers using Pointsec for PC includes Telia, Ericsson, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the US Department of Justice. Press images of the product and key personnel can be found at www.pointsec.com For further information, please contact: Magnus Ahlberg - Managing Director - Pointsec Mobile Technologies LTD - tel +44 (0)1223 451 023 Fredrik Lövstedt, Chairman, Pointsec Mobile Technologies AB, tel 08-459 54 80 or 0708-59 54 80 Yvonne Eskenzi - Eskenzi PR, UK Press Representative - tel 00 44 (0)20 8449 8292 Pointsec Mobile Technologies AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Protect Data AB, which is a Group that offers a comprehensive range of IT security solutions for major companies and organisations. Pointsec Mobile Technologies develops and markets access control and encryption systems for both stationary and portable computers, handheld computers and WAP telephones. Pointsec Mobile Technologies has 42 employees and offices in San Francisco, New York and Chicago in the US, in Cambridge in the UK and in Stockholm, Falun and Sundsvall in Sweden. For more information, visit our website at: www.pointsec.com. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Eskenzi PR in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.