To help organizations get a handle on endpoint security and protect sensitive data stored on all types of connected devices, Dell launched new encryption offerings for enterprises.
Dell launched "phase 2" of its Dell Data Protection Encryption
portfolio to provide organizations with a "new level of security" to
secure data stored on a wide variety of endpoints.
Dell announced "simple, comprehensive and flexible encryption" features
to expand its data protection and encryption portfolio Oct. 12 at its
DellWorld conference in Austin, Texas. The Dell offerings allow IT to
protect data based on users, user groups, data sensitivity and
performance needs, according to Kirk Schell, executive director and
general manager of Dell's business client product group. Dell is
protecting both the data on endpoints as well as the information
flowing through system ports, Schell said.
Organizations are trying to minimize risk from lost, stolen or
compromised devices and external media. Encrypting the data stored on
these devices ensures that information remains safe regardless of
the device's physical location.
"Endpoint security management has become more complex and costly due to
a number of factors-from increased worker mobility to the
proliferation of threats-and has magnified the importance for
protecting critical information on endpoint devices," Schell wrote on
Dell first announced the Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE)
portfolio in November with partner Credant Technologies. The expanded
portfolio provides organizations with more complete protection. DDPE
secures laptops and desktops as well as complementing Dell's Enterprise
Mobility Services and Dell SecureWorks to give customers comprehensive
protection for their IT assets, Schell said.
Dell Data Protection Encryption Enterprise Edition includes four key
offerings, according to Schell. They are Data-Centric Encryption, Full
Volume Encryption, External Media Edition and Microsoft BitLocker
Manager. All Dell Data Protection Encryption Enterprise Edition
components are managed from a single console, Schell said. Data-Centric
Encryption, External Media Edition and BitLocker Manager are available
now, while Full Volume Encryption is expected to be available later
Dell is also providing a personal edition for small businesses and
organizations that don't have a centralized IT department. The personal
edition allows smaller organizations to set encryption policies on the
local system, backup escrow keys and enable a password to ensure
policies are not changed. The personal edition will be available Oct.
Data-centric Encryption provides intelligent software-based encryption
for Microsoft Windows and external media. IT departments easily deploy
encryption on Microsoft Windows Systems, even on non-Dell systems,
Schell said. IT departments have access to one-touch templates to
simplify compliance management and auditing. The protection covers both
system and attached storage.
Dell also unveiled its exclusive technology, Full Volume Encryption,
for select Dell Latitude laptops, OptiPlex desktops and Dell Precision
workstations. Full Volume Encryption features military-grade security
that meets Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level
3 certification. The data protection extends to external media as well
as data "flowing out of ports" such as optical, USB, FireWire and
The optional hardware encryption accelerator speeds up encryption
activities and essentially turns any standard drive into a
self-encrypting drive, according to Schell.
"It operates similar to a self-encrypting drive so customers can get
better performance than software-based encryption," Schell said.
The External Media Edition focuses on detachable storage in case the
organization already has a strategy in place to protect desktops and
laptops. There is a "minimal impact" on users while giving IT granular
control of the data, according to Schell.
Finally, Microsoft BitLocker Manager was developed to help customers
who want to use Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption to simplify