Enterprise Security and the Importance of Data Protection
McAfee bought Safeboot late last year. CheckPoint bought Pointsec. And now Sophos is buying Utimaco. With all these purchases, look for sophisticated encryption capabilities to be rolled into corporate client security suites over the next few years.With the regulatory compliance imperative beating down on companies everywhere, I get a lot of pitches for products with the broad goal of protecting data from unauthorized access. There are many different approaches to this in the industry, and some of them are harder to implement than others. My impression, and there's some common sense behind it, is that enterprises are moving fastest on the easiest ones to implement. What's this easiest method? It's encryption, and especially full-disk encryption. There has been a lot of action in this market.McAfee bought Safeboot late last year. CheckPoint bought Pointsec. And now Sophos is buying Utimaco. With all these purchases, look for sophisticated encryption capabilities to be rolled into corporate client security suites over the next few years. I'm not sure if Symantec has these products already or if they just haven't bought someone yet.
These PKI companies do a lot more than disk encryption, but full disk encryption, especially on notebooks, is the most straightforward thing you can do. It's been tricky and expensive in the past, but I'm told that key management, the tricky part of all this, has gotten a lot better of late. Sophos says that key management was the reason they are buying Utimaco; they've done it right. It's also true that prices have come down in this space. This is naturally because of competition, and I think that Microsoft's Bitlocker probably has something to do with it.