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Re: pointsec vs. Guardian Edge
From: "Schmidt, Eric W" <erschmid () IUPUI EDU>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 11:25:22 -0500

The IU School of Medicine and our partner hospital, Clarian Health
conducted a joint evaluation of several laptop encryption solutions over
the past few months.  We chose Pointsec because of the ease of
deployment and centralized management, the transparency of the
encryption to the user, and the fact that the software throttles itself
during the initial disk encryption based on the current use of the
laptop.  It works with the Windows login so our users only have to login
once.  It also works with the single sign-on solution Clarian is

A big reason we chose a whole disk encryption product over a product
that provides folder and file encryption is we wanted to take as much of
the security decision out of the hands of the user as possible.  If an
incident ever occurred where a laptop was lost or stolen, we wanted to
be able to stand up in front of Channel (you fill in the channel number)
and say "the laptop was lost but the data was completely protected
because the entire hard drive was encrypted" rather than "the laptop was
lost and the user was instructed to place all files that needed
protection in the proper folder".

Eric W. Schmidt, CISSP, CISM
Chief Security Officer
Indiana University School of Medicine
(O):  (317) 278-8751
(E):  erschmid () iupui edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Logan, Kimberly (loganks) [mailto:LOGANKS () UCMAIL UC EDU] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] pointsec vs. Guardian Edge


The University of Cincinnati is also looking into whole disk encryption.
Based on some responses previously received, I think we have narrowed
our investigation to Safeguard Easy and Pointsec. However, I should just
mention that, even though it may be a more expensive option, we really
like PGP, too.


Kim Logan
Information Security Officer
University of Cincinnati
kim.logan () uc edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul DeStefano [mailto:pdestefa () WILLAMETTE EDU] 
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] pointsec vs. Guardian Edge

Hello Steve,

Good question.  This technology seems to be evolving, still.  We are
currently looking into the available solutions, also.  I'll be sure to
let you know what we decide.

We're interested in using two factor authentication for the whole disk
encryption.  So, I would like to hear if anyone else who responds is
doing that, as well.

I also just wanted to mention the product we think looks promising and
has been recommended to us:  SafeGuard from Utimaco.  Anyone with
experience using that?


Paul DeStefano, WITS Network Services Consultant Willamette University
E-Mail: pdestefa(ta)willamette.edu

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