Laptop Encryption the Service Way

Laptops are becoming a a leading cause of gastric disturbance to IT managers worldwide. High-profile thefts, electronic eavesdroppers, and general lack of security, paired with workers' increasing mobility, is serving up a witches brew that can poison corporate security. What's more, a technical antidote can be annoyingly tough to implement. (See Portable Problems Prompt IT Spending and Laptop Venn & Zen.)

But what if you didn't have to do it yourself? What if you could just phone for help? That's the premise behind emerging encryption services for mobile workers, as typified by today's news that Fiberlink Communications Corp. has teamed up with Credant, a vendor of mobile-device security software, to offer services nationwide.

According to Fiberlink, all a manager has to do is lift that phone. Once an enterprise signs a contract, Fiberlink lets IT tap into its Extend360 Mobility platform through the Internet. The Fiberlink software interacts with the company's LDAP directory to establish a profile, and a human agent at Fiberlink confers with the IT department to determine encryption policies for specific users and groups of users.

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— Mary Jander, Site Editor, Byte and Switch

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