New Offering Locates Lost, Stolen PCs

Lost laptops and stolen computers are a growing concern to federal IT managers, but now agencies can help protect themselves thanks to a reseller agreement announced Monday by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lockheed's Mission System business unit, Gaithersburg, Md., will resell Computrace, a computer tracking, monitoring and theft recovery solution from Absolute Software Corp.

Computrace is an undetectable security software program that uses a tracking agent to transmit its location to a monitoring center on a regular basis. When a computer is reported missing, its location is automatically logged the next time the machine accesses the Internet or is plugged into a telephone line. Security personnel then coordinate the recovery with law enforcement.

Absolute, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has several U.S. government clients, including the General Services Administration, which used Absolute's technology to break up a theft ring a few years ago, a company spokesman said.

Peter Scott, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Absolute, said the reseller agreement with Lockheed Martin fits in with Absolute's business plan of "building through partnerships" and that the company is looking forward to doing business with Lockheed Martin's extensive customer base.

Computrace costs $50 per unit per year, Scott said.

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