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Virtuity strikes exclusive UK deal with Bell

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 February 2009

The security division of specialist VAD Bell Micro has struck an exclusive UK partnership agreement with Virtuity. Under the terms of the deal Bell Micro will support channel sales of Virtuity’s BackStopp software and service – a security solution protecting ‘at risk’ data on portable devices.

“If the national press taught us just one thing last year, it would be the importance of securing data on the move,” said Steve Browell, general manager, security division at Bell Micro.

When a BackStopp protected device is reported lost or stolen by the owner, Virtuity is able to locate the device and then delete all sensitive data on the device to US military standards in as little as three minutes.

BackStopp then generates a comprehensive report of any data accessed, confirms the data it has deleted, and then sends the report to the Virtuity hosting centre. If a webcam is available it will even photograph the culprit and include it in the report. As a final measure, the service will render a laptop’s operating system completely useless.

“Protecting data and bringing in encryption for data at rest and in transit, whether on PDA or especially on laptops is a driving need in modern business. Virtuity’s BackStopp is one of the most important steps towards delivering on the utopian ideal whereby no matter where personal data ends up, its location is known and its integrity is assured,” Browell added.

Bell Micro reckons that uniting BackStopp with its other end point vendor offerings and enterprise level online data backup and restore solutions will enable resellers to build a comprehensive end-point and data loss prevention (DLP) offering.

“Partnering with Bell Micro marks a tremendous opportunity to bring BackStopp to a wider market that needs a prompt and robust response to portable data loss whether it be accidental or deliberate,” said David Brooker, managing director at Virtuity. “The business message is simple - locate, delete, report and destroy and this resonates deeply with Bell Micro’s intent to ensure that businesses need no longer be concerned about loss of reputation or profitability if their security is ever breached.”

Browell continued: “BackStopp is the ultimate peace of mind technology in your data loss prevention goals. You will most likely never see your device again, but you know that sensitive business and personal data will never be seen or distributed by other parties.”

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