Pointsec deal for port control firm

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By  Published  November 17, 2006

PROTECT Data is to extend its Pointsec data protection software portfolio through the acquisition of Reflex Software and its subsidiaries in a deal worth US$23.9million.

The UK-based group of companies includes Reflex Magnetics, which provides port and device control functionality.

“Pointsec customers are increasingly looking for port and device control solutions, and Reflex Magnetics has long since established itself as a leader in this area,” said Peter Larsson, CEO of Protect Data, the parent company of Pointsec.

Reflex Magnetics’ solutions include Disknet Pro, which enterprises and government agencies can use to control all communication ports on clients, including access to attached peripherals. The technology can be used to prevent data transfer to USB memory devices or to block access to peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Port control can also ensure that corporate IT infrastructures cannot be used for the illegal distribution of copyrighted content or the installation of malicious software on company PCs.

The firm also markets an enterprise encryption product called DataVault.

“Another key factor behind this acquisition is that Reflex Magnetics shares our vision to offer solutions that support customers’ overall security policies, including the requirement for continuous updates to meet evolving threats,” said Larsson.

Protect Data has also announced the release of Pointsec for Symbian 3.0 S60 Edition — a new version of its security solution, which offers data protection and access control for business users with Nokia Eseries handsets based on the company’s S60 platform.

The S60 platform supports the Nokia E50, E60, E61, E62 and E70 models and the solution will be the first that protects data stored on those devices using encryption. Information held on the handsets is automatically encrypted and decrypted without any user interaction.

“Pointsec’s solutions help us enable this vision, and their new S60 version adds key security capabilities for customers who standardise on the Nokia Eseries devices,” said Ian Browde, business development director for Enterprise Solutions, Nokia.

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