Security

Close to half of government laptops encrypted, 1.2 million more to go

Over 800,000 licenses for encryption software have been purchased through the Data at Rest (DAR) Encryption program last year. The DAR program is run jointly by the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense.

Over 800,000 licenses for encryption software have been purchased through the Data at Rest (DAR) Encryption program last year. The DAR program is run jointly by the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense.

Excerpt from InfoWorld:

"Sales have been very brisk," says Fred Schobert, CTO for integrated technology services at the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service. "We've been somewhat overwhelmed."

The fast adoption comes in the wake of numerous incidences of security breaches, both among government agencies as well as the corporate sector. It must be noted that the encryption software offered under the DAR is actually made up of a pool of products from up to 10 leading vendors under a steep discount of up to 80 percent.

It has emerged that hybrid packages consisting of both full disk and file folder encryption are the most popular.

Does your company mandate the use of encryption software on laptops and/or desktops?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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