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City of London Police bang up laptops with KeyDrive

City of London Police chooses KeyDrive as solution to laptop security. KeyDrive is a two factor laptop and PC security system incorporating encryption software and authentication key which offers the highest level of security and amazing ease of use.

Distributed in the UK by Avanquest Kommunicate, there are two KeyDrive products:

• KeyDrive II: an advanced stand alone product for home and small to medium businesses

• KeyDrive II Professional: a corporate network version, ideal for small to large corporate organisations

Last year it was estimated that around 100,000 laptops were stolen from vehicles alone. Add to that figure the laptops stolen on public transport, from offices and homes and it is easy to understand that companies claims for losses from stolen computers could run as high as £50,000.

This is no less of a problem for the Police themselves. The City of London Police decided two years ago, after several high profile cases (in other organisations) relating to the theft of laptops on trains and from cars, to address the problem within their own organisation.

Police information indicates that those criminals who target laptops are very organised, planning, monitoring and watching the movements of business personnel. Laptops are an easy target for thieves, quickly popped into a bag or under a coat and away! Loss of a laptop could mean loss of critical and confidential information, causing serious disruption to a business, embarrassment and financial loss, not to mention the legal implications relating to the security breach.

Whilst managers maintain an inventory of all department laptops and offer simple ‘good housekeeping’ advice to employees, such as, never leave a laptop unattended, don’t ‘advertise’ your laptop, carry it around in a discreet bag, security mark it, lock it away, use a laptop lockdown device, protect data with passwords and change them regularly and back up all critical files frequently and routinely, despite these good intentions, laptop crime is on the increase.

Gary Brailsford, Information Manager in the Technology Unit, based at Wood Street Police Station, London, was assigned with the task of addressing laptop security for the force. Prior to implementation, Gary asked the Cyber Crime Team, highly trained specialists in data recovery, to try to ‘break’ KeyDrive with non-destructive testing – they couldn’t! They were able to read the file name of the hidden file, but were unable to access any data.

Gary says “Although we’re keen to avoid losing any machines, we are even keener on protecting the data”. Gary wanted a solution that secured critical data without total encryption, offering scalability and manageability, and which was simple to deploy. Performance was also an issue and he needed to enforce the usage of the encrypted drive, so it had to be easy for users. Gary evaluated separate software and physical security options, which he decided were too complicated, before purchasing KeyDrive ll. KeyDrive ll combines encryption software with an authentication key, giving the highest level of security, with ease of use. The software creates an encrypted virtual drive which can only be viewed by inserting a key, which has been authenticated with a user PIN at set up, in the laptop USB port. Files can be read, saved, copied and deleted as with any other drive, but remove the key and it disappears.

Product Information:

KeyDrive II is a single user, two-factor, real-time encryption product which creates an
encrypted virtual drive on a PC or laptop, with access controlled by a personalised USB device. The maximum secure volume available is 10 GB. Further KeyDrive features include lost device and PIN recovery routines, an advanced desktop security option with four settings including secure screen lockdown and authenticated Windows Logon, advanced drive management tools - secure backup and restore, drive resizing and relocation, disk and page file cleaning, integrated support and customisation potential. KeyDrive II is priced at £75 per license.

KeyDrive II Professional is a network enabled two-factor, real-time encryption product which creates an encrypted virtual drive on a PC or laptop, access controlled by way of a
personalised USB device. The maximum secure volume available is 2 TB. Also is included is an advanced desktop security option with four settings including secure screen lockdown and authenticated Windows Logon, plus the disk management utilities included in KeyDrive II. Professional uses a central Administration Utility to pre-configure client builds and has extensive ‘intelligent’ rollout support and progress report capability built in. Lost device, data and PIN recovery routines are centralised along with the ability to define user access to customisation and disk management features. KeyDrive II Professional is priced at £85 per license for a minimum five licenses, which includes the Administration Utility.

Gary comments “There is always the problem of security vs. accessibility, but KeyDrive gives us the balance, a high level of security with a user friendly interface. However, human error is still one of our biggest risks and we need to influence the culture of staff. I have introduced procedures but am still working on the policy”. Probably the most likely scenario is someone losing the key, however Gary confirmed that the routine recovery process is “Simple”.

About Avanquest
Avanquest UK is part of the Avanquest global organisation. Formed in June 2003 by parent company BVRP Software Group, Avanquest is a network of companies offering a complete range of software publishing resources and a worldwide market to software developers from around the globe. Avanquest has a local presence on five continents and long-established relationships across all channels of distribution in markets covering nearly 90% of the world’s total software sales. BVRP Software Group, a leading international software developer and publisher, was founded in Paris in 1984 and is listed on the Nouveau Marché of the Euronext stock exchange (ISIN FR0004026714). For additional information, please visit and


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