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Sophos launches updated encryption tool

Vendor claims improved performance and multi-platform management across any device.

Security software, Sophos

Sophos this week launched the latest release of its SafeGuard Encryption suite, which it said provides improved performance and multi-platform management across any device.

To deliver enhanced performance, the new solution leverages native operating system encryption, Sophos said. Meanwhile the solution offers native encryption, device encryption, cloud, mobile, removable storage and file server encryption. Sophos claimed that it was now the only security vendor to offer such capabilities through a single solution.

Dan Schiappa, vice president and general manager at Sophos' end-user protection group, said that the new solution would allow for better security without end-users having to sacrifice time and productivity.

For example, with the solution managing Microsoft Bitlocker on Windows, Sophos claimed that data encryption time is up to seven times faster, and boot times are three times faster.

The solution has garnered praise from Microsoft's management for its capabilities. Terry Myerson, an executive vice president at Microsoft, said, "Sophos SafeGuard Encryption, leveraging Microsoft Bitlocker, allows Windows users to have the best of both worlds: The security and compliance of enterprise-managed encryption with the native performance that business users expect.  We wish more IT security providers would take this approach."

Meanwhile, Charles Kolodgy, research vice president for security at IDC, described SafeGuard Encryption as a "promising addition to the encryption market."