Utimaco Upgrade Lets You Exchange Data Confidentially

Anyone using removable media will now find it easier to exchange encrypted data with colleagues or business partners, with Utimaco's SafeGuard RemovableMedia 1.10. The new SafeGuard RemovableMedia Portable function enables encrypted data to be exchanged without the need to install encryption software on the computer that is receiving and using the data.

SafeGuard Removable Media works via a drag&drop mechanism that does not need the usual administrator rights. The user inserts their removable data medium, that has been secured and encrypted using SafeGuard RemovableMedia, into a PC. They are then automatically prompted to enter their password, so they can gain both read and write access to the encrypted files.

No matter whether a USB memory stick, memory card, external hard disk, diskette or optical CD/DVD is used, SafeGuard RemovableMedia protects data from unauthorised access at all times, even if the storage medium is removed or is lost.

Any medium can hold either data which is entirely encrypted, or a mixture of encrypted files and plain text data, whichever option best suits your company's security policy. The administrator, working at the central management console, has the option of defining security policies that are restrictive and, at the same time, extremely flexible. They can, for example, specify whether or not the portable function can be copied to the removable storage medium.

A new feature in Version 1.10 is that key back-ups can now be used flexibly on any computer. Every key can now be stored securely on a network or on individual memory media and uploaded again if the PC is damaged in any way. As a result, users can easily exchange keys with each another. SafeGuard RemovableMedia's central logging functionality records the most important events, such as new key generation, key restoration, or any other change made to the security policy.

It also supports the distribution of company keys during setup, which means encrypted data can be exchanged quickly and easily within the company. In Windows Explorer every encrypted file is shown with an icon superimposed on it, which means a user can tell at a glance whether a file is encrypted.

"At present, four out of five mobile memory media have inadequate encryption. We discovered this in a world-wide survey of more than one thousand business users", explained Robert Zeh, Product Manager at Utimaco. "SafeGuard RemovableMedia provides this data security, not only in your own IT infrastructure but also, if needed, for all your communications partners and the removable media they use."

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Utimaco distributor Wick Hill Group, commented: "Protecting against data leakage is of increasing concern many companies. Now there is a practical, inexpensive and easy-to-deploy solution."

SafeGuard RemovableMedia is now available in Dutch, English, German, and Japanese and runs under Windows XP, 2000 and 2003. The RemovableMedia software is not only designed to be a stand-alone solution but also the optimum addition to SafeGuard Easy.

Depending on a customer's particular requirements, SafeGuard RemovableMedia can be implemented either as a single workstation solution or a company-wide license package. License customers can also pass SafeGuard RemovableMedia Portable on to their communications partners.