H&R Block sign with Pointsec for encryption

Citing both an ethical and a legal obligation to its customer base, tax agents H&R Block is encrypting its desktop fleet and employee laptops.

As well as complying with the Australian Privacy Act, H&R Block IT manager Grant Robertson said the move will also protect the company's reputation in the marketplace adding that the company is responsible for client data.

The company has inked a deal with Pointsec purchasing 260 licenses with this figure expected to reach 300 by mid-year.

PDA's and smartphones have been excluded from the deal.

"Being in the tax business, we store and deal with massive amounts of private client information so protecting that data is a major priority," Robertson said.

Pointsec managing director Oscar Moren said the implementation marks a change in attitudes for Australian enterprises when it comes to data protection.

"Taking that preventative measure of securing company and customer data averts potentially expensive and damaging information leaks," he said.

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