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Conseal Security Launches Conseal CD to Provide Robust Protection for CD Data Storage

Unique Dual Lock system, coupled with remote deactivation means that CDs lost in transit or stolen will no longer cause a data protection incident

London, UK − 7 April 2011 − Conseal Security, the provider of solutions to secure data on the move, today expanded its range of data security solutions with the launch of Conseal CD, the first cloud-based solution for securing data and managing access to information stored on optical media.

Building on Conseal’s popular Conseal USB solution and with a focus on securing data on the move, Conseal CD applies cloud-based protection to any writable CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc − both write-once and re-writable − allowing the creator to encrypt the disc and its contents, control access to the information stored on it and implement strong policies for how and where data on approved removable media is accessed.

Data released in March 2011 by the Ponemon Institute revealed that the cost assigned to a data breach has soared to £138 per compromised record and averaged £4.6 million per data breach event. The Ponemon research also revealed that employee negligence is still the leading cause of data breaches at 41 percent of known data breaches in the past year.

“Incidents such as the infamous HMRC data loss, where CDs containing millions of sensitive data records were lost in transit, should not create a major incident for the organisation in question,” said Tom Colvin, chief technology officer of Conseal Security. “With Conseal CD, we have applied the same level of on-device security and control for data on the move as with our USB product, but with support for write-once and re-writable optical media. Combined with a powerful and highly flexible cloud-based management console, organisations can monitor CD use and deactivate any Consealed CD regardless of whether it is re-writable or not.”

HMRC is just one of a growing list of public and private sector organisations that have fallen foul of data storage devices being stolen or lost in transit, with no means in place to render the data on them absolutely unusable by a third party.

Conseal’s unique cloud-based solution addresses this by combining robust AES 256-bit encryption with detailed audit trails of all access attempts − authorised or otherwise − captured for regulatory compliance purposes. Conseal’s remote management console and detailed control features allow administrators and data owners to manage discs from a single view, deactivating and effectively scrambling discs that are unaccounted for or which have served their purpose, enabling organisations to meet today’s strict data protections requirements.

Key functions of Conseal CD include:

• A unique cloud-based management console which can be accessed on the move from the latest smartphones in addition to standard web browsers
• A unique Dual Lock AES-256 bit encryption system that means the encryption key is neither derivable from the password nor stored on the disc – and so protection is maintained even if the password is guessed
• Access rules can be specified and limited to person, device, domain or IP address range
• Remote deactivation via the management console means the owner can render a disc unusable by anyone − including the original disc owner − with just a few clicks in the event it is lost, stolen or otherwise misplaced
• Owner is alerted the moment anyone tries to access protected data
• Unique ‘Received’ receipt feature allows the sender of a CD to receive an email alert to verify when the disc has been received and used for the first time
• A complete audit trail of all access attempts against a Consealed device and shows IP addresses, MAC addresses, drive serial numbers, system and login names etc.

“Conseal CD allows sensitive data owners to maintain centralised control of the storage medium, even when it is a low-cost write-once format such as a CD-R or DVD-R. Its unique Dual Lock system, which ensures that the disc remains protected even if a hacker subsequently guesses the password, means Conseal CD delivers unparalleled security and protection, ensuring that optical media can remain a viable storage and transport format for valuable and confidential information,” added Colvin.

Price and availability

Conseal CD is available now from http://www.consealsecurity.com and prices start at £19.95 for 12 months protection of five discs at a time. Licenses are reusable and transferable to other discs. Corporate volume licences are also available.

About Conseal Security

Conseal Security is a UK-based provider of security solutions to consumer and enterprise IT users looking to secure data storage devices on the move. Its unique products allow users to protect their data wherever they are, ensuring uncompromised security at home, in the workplace and in the field.

Users manage devices protected by Conseal’s solutions using a cloud-based management console. This ensures that data integrity is maintained at all times while allowing organisations to remain compliant with industry and regulatory data protection guidelines.
Conseal’s solutions deliver unrivalled protection for data stored on devices such as USB sticks, memory cards and external hard disks. It allows users to retain control and ownership of their private data, revoke access and render the device unreadable, even if the disk on which it’s stored is no longer in their possession.

Conseal is headquartered in London, with a development centre in the Thames Valley.
For more information please visit http://www.consealsecurity.com

Copyright © 2011 Conseal Security Ltd. All rights reserved. All trademarks used are owned by their respective companies.

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