Wave Encryption Service from Wave Systems is a cloud service designed to make it easier to implement encryption on endpoints and manage policies across the organization.
Systems has launched a cloud-based encryption management service to help
organizations enforce encryption policies on all laptops across the enterprise.
Wave Encryption Service (WES) supports multiple encryption technologies,
including file- and folder-level software encryption and Microsoft Bitlocker,
Wave Systems said Jan. 30. Organizations use the unified Web-based console to
configure various policies and manage them from a central location.
frequency, severity and cost of data breaches are getting worse every day,
Brian Berger, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Wave Systems,
wrote in the company's Security Matters blog. As mobile devices become more
ubiquitous, there are more potential exposure points beyond the traditional IT
network perimeters for sensitive data to be leaked. Organizations are now
subject to more regulations about disclosing incidents and run a higher risk of
being slapped with a fine for noncompliance.
companies are praying they won't get breached or, if they do, that they won't
have to disclose it," Berger wrote.
believe the costs of deploying security measures are higher than whatever costs
may be incurred by a data breach, Berger said. However, recent reports have
shown that breaches are costly, and even a relatively small one can
"devastate" smaller businesses, Berger said.
businesses are required to follow the same data protection rules that govern
large enterprises, despite lacking IT infrastructure, staff and money to
fulfill those requirements, according to Berger. The new cloud service would
help small businesses because the large enterprise deployment data protection
technology would make them compliant as well as more secure.
Web interface simplifies deployment, and administrators can set up alerts for
various events and manage what policies are applied to each endpoint. Through
the interface, administrators can also generate regular reports to keep track
of encryption status for a subset of computers. The client agent can also
automatically enroll target devices it detects on the network and apply
WES, businesses can now automatically implement and enforce encryption policies
on any corporate-issued computer running Microsoft's Windows operating system
from "virtually any location," Berger said. Even if the computer is
lost or stolen, administrators can use the Web-based interface to ensure the
encryption policies are in place.
helps "level the data security playing field for SMBs by offering a level
of protection previously available only to large enterprises," according
Bitlocker is included automatically with the Windows 7 operating system, many
organizations are still using folder- or file-based encryption as well as
products from other vendors. WES gives organizations the flexibility to work
with multiple technologies at once. If the IT team decides to add on
self-encrypting drives into the environment at a later date, WES will be able
to accommodate the change easily, according to Wave.
supports the Opal self-encrypting drives from leading storage vendors.
cloud service is available to administrations with preconfigured compliance
security policies that can be applied automatically. Businesses can sign up
with WES on a subscription basis and scale up and down as necessary.