28 Dec Security vendor bought out by computer giant
The rise of information and personal device theft leading to corporate damage has heralded many to hear the call of advanced encryption and data protection. Dell is leading the charge for both consumer and enterprise-level offerings, sealing a partnership with protection vendor Credant Technologies to further both their interests and better protect the laptop-owning world.
Taking it to the next step
Dell's acquisition elevates the level of a long-standing relationship between the hardware manufacturer and the security company. According to InfoWorld, the two had been working under an original equipment manufacturer clause, as well as other joint ventures, for the last few years. Credant technology is already in use as part of Dell's data protection and encryption suites. This move will make such security features standard in Dell's laptop line, including the Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision devices, which are sold to both corporate and consumer users.
The use of mobile deployments is eclipsing laptops in some businesses, but bring-your-own-device can still apply to these more robust machines. Compared to tablets and smartphones, the usability of a laptop or ultrabook is still well beyond the bounds of that those lighter devices can achieve, making them popular with many companies, but also drawing the attention of thieves.
CareerBuilder conducted a study of employee usage and security measures, finding many to be lacking in multiple respects. While about three-fourths of the information on these devices is considered sensitive and business-related, more than half of all respondents have no security security tools installed or attached to these computers. A similar portion don't even have a password on their computers. The study also found that workers were prone to downloading viruses, viewing dangerous content and misplacing their machines, not counting the percentage that reported a device stolen.
Dell's move will help alleviate some of the concerns brought to light by GlassDoor. Acquiring Credant may also further the cause of encryption and uniform data protection, helping entities avoid scenarios that recently played out at NASA. The agency had one of its laptop computers stolen from an employee's car, Digital Trends reported, but the hardware had no encryption on its drive at all, and more than 10,000 employee Social Security numbers and other unique identifiers were compromised. Going forward, Dell's purchase of Credant could take such scenarios off the table for companies using laptops with built-in protection.
The uniformity of Dell's security suites, InfoWorld reported, will make it possible for organizations to implement inclusive protection features that allow for more comprehensive governance of information contained on portable tools. Credant brings long-standing customer relationships in a variety of sensitive markets to the table, showing that the business has already risen to a level of excellence and trust that may prove a boon to the corporate world at large, once Dell's new encryption-equipped laptops start to hit the market.
Similar tools have been instrumental in protecting business assets in loss and theft cases already. North Jersey Online wrote that some security tools have been implemented to the benefit of corporate entities as far as recovering stolen items and bringing criminal charges against those involved. The source stated that a number of laptops had been stolen from a local school district, but thanks to onboard data protection programs, law enforcement officials were able to track the machines and arrest those found in possession of school property.