Hewlett-Packard’s latest addition to its Jornada range of hand-held PCs is aimed at quelling fears of security breaches that could follow the theft of these pocket-sized devices.
The Jornada 720 is supplied with a smartcard reader to allow security services to be installed, so that the unit will not work without a specific card - which can be backed up with password security. The device also supports HP’s Top Tools security management to allow remote security control for data access.
Sally Lawlor, HP category manager for Jornada, said security is one of the main concerns of companies regarding mobile computing devices. “The inclusion of the smartcard reader makes it easier to password-protect the Jornada and this will be attractive, especially for enterprise customers such as banks and other financial institutions,” she said.
Martin Brampton, chief analyst at Bloor Research, said it depends on how the security is implemented. “If it relies solely on the smartcard being inserted, the question I’d ask is, ‘Can you trust people to take the card out?’ The current trend is to deploy a limited amount of data to mobile devices for immediate use. In this case the security at the main site ought to be sufficient.”
The Jornada 720 is expected to cost £665. It will be available at the end of this month.