Seagate and McAfee partner for self-encrypting laptops

Seagate shipping self-encrypting notebook PC hard drives


SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. , Nov. 10 -- Seagate (Nasdaq: STX) today announced sweeping advances in its global push to help secure notebook computer information from theft or loss. To combat growing threats to mobile information, Seagate, the world leader in storage solutions, is now shipping its groundbreaking, self-encrypting notebook PC hard drives, now with up to 320GB of capacity, to the worldwide distribution channel, with 500GB models coming soon. Additionally, Dell is now shipping a notebook with a 160GB self-encrypting hard drive. McAfee is set to provide software for the enterprise-wide management of notebooks with Seagate Secure(TM) hard drives.

Powerful, easy-to-use notebook data security is increasingly important as the global adoption of mobile PCs continues to soar and more notebooks are used to store sensitive personal and business information. Lost or stolen notebooks can cost companies millions of dollars in compromised proprietary information and threaten consumers with the high cost of identity theft, yet many computers remain unprotected. According to the United States FBI, a notebook computer is stolen every 53 seconds and 97% are never recovered*.

The new Momentus(R) FDE (full-disk encryption) notebook hard drives, 5400- and 7200-rpm models with capacities of up to a half-terabyte, deliver powerful protection to help guard against unauthorized access to information on lost or stolen notebook computers. Part of the Seagate Secure family of self-encrypting drives, the Momentus FDE drives feature government-grade encryption that delivers powerful security for confidential customer or corporate information on executive notebook computers, critical customer data on field sales and customer support notebook PCs, and sensitive information on personal notebooks.

"Delivering easy-to-use notebook security that also is cost-effective requires leading partnerships and technologies," said Tom Major , vice president of the Personal Compute Business Unit at Seagate. "Seagate is pleased to be teaming with industry leaders to simplify security management for our customers and providing our OEM and channel customers with the world's fastest self-encrypting hard drive."

Businesses of all sizes and shapes are turning to hard drive-based encryption solutions to protect the important information that ensures their competitive edge. Papa Gino's, a Dedham, Massachusetts -based restaurant chain, has deployed approximately 80 self-encrypting notebook computers for its workers since last year and has its sights set on using the newest secure notebooks.

"With these hardware-based security solutions only the right people get access to the right information with the best performance and the lowest price," said Chris Cahalin , manager of Network Operations at Papa Gino's.

McAfee Teams with Seagate to Simplify Management of Secure Notebooks

McAfee joins a growing list of security software providers -- including SECUDE International, Wave Systems and WinMagic Data Security -- that are teaming with Seagate to help secure notebook PCs. McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator management system and McAfee's endpoint encryption client will integrate with Seagate Momentus FDE hard drives to use the embedded hardware encryption, giving customers full, user-rich features and the total enterprise management required to secure notebook computers in heterogeneous environments.

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