New Pointsec product improves smart-card integration

Pointsec Mobile Technologies has released a new version of its Pointsec for PC software that features a new access control architecture.

Encryption vendor Pointsec Mobile Technologies on Monday released a new version of its Pointsec for PC software for mobile devices that is designed to better integrate with authentication technologies like smart cards.

Pointsec for PC 6.0 uses a new authentication engine, called the Multi-Factor Authentication Engine, that is designed to work with "virtually any smart card or token that is on the market today," according to Bob Egner, vice president of marketing at Pointsec. The product will also feature a new, more intuitive user interface, he said.

The company also released a new software development kit designed to make it easier to integrate Pointsec's encryption software with smart cards, Egner said.

Pointsec's software can be used to encrypt the contents of notebooks or desktop computers so that they can only be viewed by authorized users. The company also sells software that encrypts other devices like portable storage media, Palm OS devices, and mobile phones based on the Symbian OS.

Protecting data on devices outside of the enterprise has become a point of concern in recent years as data breach notification laws have gone into effect. The theft of a single laptop can have major consequences under laws like California's SB 1386, which forces companies and government agencies to notify those affected by security breaches.

In May, for example, MCI Inc. had to send out nearly 17,000 notification letters to current and former employees after a company laptop was stolen form a car parked in the home garage of an MCI financial analyst.

Pointsec did not announce pricing for its new products.

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