Sophos Encryption Engine Powers AlertBoot Cloud-Based Data Encryption Service

Sophos Press Release

AlertBoot extends comprehensive, centrally managed hard disk encryption and data security to customers with Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise

BOSTON - July 2, 2010 - IT security and data protection firm Sophos announced today that it has partnered with AlertBoot, a provider of cloud-based full disk encryption services, to extend comprehensive, customizable full disk encryption technology from Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise - an advanced, multi-layered endpoint data security encryption and data leakage prevention (DLP) solution - to AlertBoot's enterprise customers.

With mounting targeted attacks from sophisticated cybercriminals looking to steal data and new privacy and data security regulations, businesses need to ensure that encryption is part of their overall security strategy if they want to avoid negative impacts on their business's reputation and profitability.

The most important step in stopping data loss is to encrypt sensitive information, laptops and removable storage devices. If data is encrypted with a password, it cannot be deciphered or accessed unless the password is known. This means that even if all other security measures fail to prevent a hacker from accessing a business's most sensitive data, he or she will not be able to read it and compromise the confidentiality of that information.

"Many organizations are finding it difficult to implement and manage security as part of their day-to-day business operations. Although all companies are at risk for lost or stolen data, many do not have the resources necessary for full data encryption," said Tim Maliyil, CEO of AlertBoot. "With AlertBoot's managed data encryption service, we are taking the pressure off of companies and their employees. By providing an easy-to-use, cloud-based solution, AlertBoot simplifies encryption for organizations and their end-users, giving individuals the flexibility to focus on their business objectives, instead of security operations."

AlertBoot Powered by Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise includes:

Portable device and drive security

  • AlertBoot Port Control limits a user's ability to transfer data to removable devices and drives and synchronizes with devices remotely for easy configuration, deployment and reporting.

Centralized security management and IT tools

  • AlertBoot Central allows for easy management of AlertBoot client applications over TCP/IP. All users, machines, files, recovery keys and other functions can be administered remotely.

Enterprise-grade auditing and reporting

  • AlertBoot offers customizable reporting designed to help businesses achieve regulatory and audit compliance.

Advanced content encryption for files and USB keys

  • Optional Advanced Content Encryption protects files and portable USB keys-so they stay encrypted regardless of where they go.

"Sophos and AlertBoot share the same philosophy - providing the most comprehensive security while keeping the administration to a minimum," said Vice President of Global OEM and Strategic Alliance Michael Rogers at Sophos. "This partnership allows businesses to get advanced encryption that's managed by the experts - giving them peace of mind that their data is accessible by only authorized parties."

Built on the Sophos encryption platform, AlertBoot's full disk encryption software service enables customers of all sizes to easily protect sensitive data residing on company laptops, desktops and USB drives. As a managed service, AlertBoot software makes it easy for IT teams to protect company data and eliminate costs associated with implementing and managing an in-house data encryption and security solution.

About AlertBoot

AlertBoot offers cloud-based full disk encryption, USB drive encryption and a comprehensive suite of disk security solutions as a centralized, managed service for companies of all sizes. By encrypting fixed and external hard disks and removable media, AlertBoot prevents unauthorized access to mobile and stationary endpoint devices. Headquartered in Las Vegas, AlertBoot offers a cost-effective, web-based secure full disk encryption service for organizations that want highly scalable, easy-to-deploy hard disk encryption and laptop data security. For more information about AlertBoot, follow @AlertBoot on Twitter or visit AlertBoot's Facebook fan page.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at