SAN FRANCISCO -- GuardianEdge Technologies, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship with Seagate Technology® (NYSE: STX - News) designed to leverage the GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform for management of Seagate's encrypting notebook hard drive. This relationship was formed to address the growing need to protect against unauthorized access to laptop computer information and mitigate the risks posed by the potential loss or misuse of sensitive information.
According to the non-profit consumer information and advocacy organization Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 100 million consumer data records have been exposed through data breaches since January 2005. While organizations have begun to respond to this threat by incorporating stronger encryption and authentication security measures into their IT security postures, continued high profile data losses involving laptop computers have highlighted the need for more comprehensive and far-reaching solutions. The strategic relationship between Seagate and GuardianEdge combines strong hard disk security for laptops with enterprise management capabilities. This combination is designed to deliver a new level of laptop PC data protection -- providing the user registration and management, policy administration, client audit and reporting, instantaneous cryptographic erasure of the hard drive contents and key management and recovery services required by the range of enterprise users of Seagate DriveTrust Technology.
"The integration of GuardianEdge's security management capabilities with our DriveTrust Technology ensures that laptop computers with Seagate secure hard disk storage can be easily and centrally managed," said John Bedrick, Senior Director of IT Security -- New Market Development at Seagate Technology. "Ease of reporting for security management and regulatory compliance is crucial to organizations large and small. GuardianEdge is taking a leadership position in the management of disk drives with hardware- based encryption by managing the market's leading encrypting 2.5-inch hard drive: Seagate Momentus 5400 FDE.2. The combination of Seagate DriveTrust hard disk drives with GuardianEdge management capabilities provides a winning solution for our joint customers."
Seagate Technology Inc. (NYSE: STX)