The huge German trade show CeBit offered a number of companies the opportunity to demonstrate new security ideas, with the trend towards hardware or software security products that can be deployed quickly and simply through organisations.
Many organisations say they hear from users that security has become too difficult to implement, and products need to be simpler, transparent, easy to implement, and not disruptive to set up, with little or no impact on the network infrastructure.
One of the interesting security products at the show was a fortified laptop featuring both full encryption of the hard drive and software for easier password management and deployment of machines.
The Seagate Technology and Secude IT Security system uses Seagate's full-disk encryption hard drive, which automatically encrypts all the data on the disk within the drive, adding an additional security layer. It also has access management software through which systems administrators can manage other add-on security features, such as smartcards and biometric ID systems.
Secude’s software, available on other devices, can be configured to allow access only with a smartcard and can accommodate certificate-based, single sign-on for Microsoft operating systems. In addition, data on external mass storage devices can also be encrypted.
Wanted: tough security that can be simple to implement. Now there’s a challenge.