Utimaco and ISC bolster product offerings to the federal government through the DARTT contract

Sophos Press Release

Partnerships with ISC and Carahsoft pave the way for Utimaco to protect government agencies’ critical data at rest or in motion

Utimaco - The Data Security Company, today announced that its SafeGuard Enterprise solution is now included as a DoD Data-at-Rest Tiger Team (DARTT) recommended product, paving the way for successful penetration of the federal government market. Through partnerships with Information Security Corporation (ISC) and Carahsoft Technology Corp., federal government agencies can now secure their critical data using Utimaco's award-winning SafeGuard Enterprise encryption solution.

Having already had great success with major government agencies in Europe, including Germany, France and The UK, Utimaco's inclusion on the DARTT contract expands its presence in the US government sectors. Utimaco SafeGuard solutions provide the best-in-class data security agencies need to offer flexible, anytime, anywhere access to their administrators, staff, students and researchers-while at the same time, ensuring against data breaches that could reveal proprietary information and personal and financial records.

SafeGuard Enterprise, through an alliance created between Utimaco and ISC, now features additional data-at-rest protection to meet the specific needs of government customers. As a result of the alliance, ISC's SpyProof! solution - which creates sharable, AES-encrypted virtual drives on local hard drives and remote servers - is now offered alongside SafeGuard Enterprise, Utimaco's flagship full disk encryption solution that secures data on endpoints and removable media.

The entire cryptographic library of Utimaco's SafeGuard Enterprise portfolio is certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in accordance with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2. FIPS certification provides customers with objective help in decision making and creates an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in important customer sectors.

"We are pleased to add Utimaco's solution to our DARTT contract," said Craig P.Abod, President of Carahsoft, which is a leading government IT solutions provider. "Through this partnership between ISC and Utimaco, we are now able to provide our government customers with full disk and file encryption solutions to manage and protect their data."

According to the DARTT, which is a multi-agency USG Task Force established to provide DAR encryption solutions for mobile computing devices and removable storage media, protecting data at rest and in motion has become increasingly critical in today's government IT environment of highly mobile data and decreasing device size. With both personal and government information stored on devices such as cell phones, notebook computers and jump drives, agencies are at high risk if these devices are lost or stolen. As a result, DARTT has put in place rigorous standards with stringent technical and information assurance requirements for security providers selling to the government market.

Tom Venn, President of ISC, said: "Our partnering with Utimaco represents the joining of two stalwart brands in data security, each bringing unparalleled technology expertise to provide the critical encryption solutions that government agencies need now."

"Extending our business to the U.S. government vertical represents a significant step forward for Utimaco, as we've already seen tremendous headway and growth in other top markets including financial services, healthcare and education," said Craig F. Bumpus, Chief Operating Officer of Utimaco Inc. "We look forward to deepening our partnerships with Carahsoft and ISC to achieve great success in meeting the security needs of government agencies."

Security experts from Utimaco and Carahsoft will host a complementary webinar, "Encryption: Top IT Security Initiative in 2009," on March 3 to describe how agencies can leverage Utimaco's solutions to:

  • Achieve better compliance with enhanced data security coverage
  • Identify risks and solutions for securing mobile data
  • Encrypt removable media CD/DVDs and USB drives
  • Encrypt removable media CD/DVDs and USB drives
  • Centralize key management

For more information or to register, visit http://www.carahsoft.com/events/utimaco/03-03-09/utimaco03-03-09.html.

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider, combining technological expertise with a thorough understanding of the government procurement process to help federal, state and local government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value. As a top-ranked GSA Schedule Contract holder, Carahsoft is the largest government partner and serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed vendors. The company's dedicated Solutions Divisions support proactive sales, marketing and delivery of Symantec, Storage Solutions, VMware, Adobe, Open Source, HR, HP Software, Intelligence, and SAP. For more information, visit http://www.carahsoft.com .

About Information Security Corporation
Founded in 1989, ISC has focused on the design and development of affordable cryptographic software products based on well-established Federal and industry standards. The most security-conscious government agencies and corporations worldwide rely on ISC products to manage their PKI credentials and protect their sensitive data.

About the DARTT
The DARTT is a multi-agency USG Task Force established to provide DAR encryption solutions for mobile computing devices and removable storage media. These solutions are available for purchase by all USG agencies (Federal, State, Local, and Tribal) and NATO. The specific Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) can be found at www.esi.mil (DoD, NATO, Coast Guard, DHS) and http://www.gsa.gov/smartbuy (all other USG customers). For a comprehensive source of information concerning the DARTT:

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