1.2 million Euro Maintenance Contract
Utimaco Safeware has announced that it has signed a contract to supply its SafeGuard Easy® software with DREGIS Gmbh, an IT services company that is wholly owned by Dresdner Bank. The contract, which includes implementation and ongoing maintenance, will run for a minimum of three years and is worth approximately 1.2 million Euros. SafeGuard Easy will provide DREGIS with high-level encryption of hard drives, pre-boot authentication and boot protection to eliminate the threat of unauthorised access to valuable information. The terms of the contract include initial implementation of the SafeGuard Easy solution, future migration to later versions of the MS Windows operating system, as well as updates and ongoing technical support for approximately 30,000 workplaces.
Parent Group Dresdner Bank had previously elected to carry out a company-wide implementation of SafeGuard Easy in 1998 during a project to migrate to the Windows NT platform. DREGIS will now extend this policy to the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems, to ensure these platforms are also protected by a high-quality security system.
Norbert Pohlmann, chief marketing officer and board member of Utimaco Safeware AG, said "We are currently experiencing a great deal of demand for professional solutions for mobile and desktop security. The reason for this is not only because sensitive data is generally saved on PCs and laptops but also because they can be a gateway into the corporate network, which must be kept especially secure."
SafeGuard Easy uses a combination of highly effective security mechanisms to protect confidential information on PCs and laptops from unauthorised access and theft. These mechanisms include Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), boot protection and encryption.
The SafeGuard Easy security program can be used for the online encryption of entire hard disks, partitions and external data media. Users can only gain access to the encrypted information after having successfully logged on to the security system. In this way, any sensitive data stored on the computer is protected in the case of laptop theft or unauthorised access to the hard disk.
SafeGuard Easy uses Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA) to authenticate the user even before the operating system boots up. This feature launches an extremely secure authentication procedure within the security system, which cannot be bypassed. An attacker can use a boot diskette to boot the PC but cannot obtain any readable or useable data from the hard disk.
Within SafeGuard Easy the function of the system administrator responsible for setting up corporate security procedures can be separated from that of users who benefit from the security functions operating transparently in the background. If a user forgets a password the encrypted data is not lost because the system administrator can assign a new initialisation password to that user. This can also be carried out remotely via challenge/response.
The SafeGuard Easy security system is installed using configuration files; therefore it can be implemented across the company using all standard software distribution systems.
About Utimaco Safeware
Utimaco Safeware is the leading European manufacturer of professional and certified IT security solutions. Utimaco Safeware develops and sells integrated security solutions based on established standards regulating mobile/desktop security and Internet security. Utimaco Safeware maintains its website at http://www.utimaco.com.
DREGIS is responsible for the global network of the Dresdner Bank for voice, data and video services with nearly 30.000 Internet users, 65.000 server and desktop components, 2.900 self-service points and 4 computer centres. DREGIS also organises and run the infrastructure of the new e-commerce applications.
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