Infosecurity Europe 2009 highlights

Managed portable security specialists MXI Security and IT supplier Hypertec announced they are teaming up to deliver portable security solutions designed to meet the high standards required by the public sector to protect confidential data and secure networks.

May 7, 2009
By Paul Jacques
Lord Janner, pictured here in 1987, was a Leicester MP and died in 2015

Managed portable security specialists MXI Security and IT supplier Hypertec announced they are teaming up to deliver portable security solutions designed to meet the high standards required by the public sector to protect confidential data and secure networks.

“We see a strong demand for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-validated [a US government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules] USB portable security solutions, including the public sector, ” explained Lianne Denness, managing director at Hypertec. “MXI Security has an impressive track record of serving more than 150 government organisations worldwide.”

Hypertec is lunching its own branded products, FipsEnCrypt Mini, based on MXI Security’s FIPS 140-2 level 2 Validated Stealth Mini™, devices to government customers.

Hypertec will also provide public sector encrypted USB products, accredited for defence contracts within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) based on the recently-released Stealth M550™ once it receives the CESG CAPS validation.

“The public sector needs portable security solutions that it can count on to restore citizens’ trust that their personal information is secure and protected,” said London-based MXI Security president Gerard Reusing.

MXI Security has already worked with the City of London Police, protecting access to, and transfer of, all critical data with easy-to-use biometric authentication. Police Professional will be featuring an in-depth analysis of this rollout in a future issue.

West Midlands Police’s successful trial and subsequent rollout of an access and identity management system for its policing facilities and systems (see Police Professional issue 157) is generating considerable interest among forces of single sign-on (SSO) security systems.

Identity and access specialists Evidian, widely recognised for its Enterprise SSO solution in the public sector, unveiled its Ready-To-Go SSO, an entry level SSO software that accelerates SSO deployments in organisations. It includes the same core features as the Enterprise SSO and enables a low-footprint installation in Microsoft environments. It can be installed and configured in a few minutes and be up-and-running almost immediately.

Security procedures are enforced by user access control to enterprise resources. The software stores a history of all access attempts and administration operations in a central point, which facilitates audits, analyses and reports delivery.

Bull Information Systems launched globull, a portable device to let staff securely carry data and a self-contained work environment while on the move. With a military-grade encryption processor, the device has already been selected for use by diplomatic staff in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.

A handheld electronic vault, similar in size and weight to popular personal digital assistants (PDAs), globull eliminates the existing vulnerabilities of unsecured PCs and USB keys.

Globull’s security layer is a practical application of crypto ignition k key (CIK)technology, originally developed for the US National Security Agency. This protects the data from attempted cracking of encryption keys if the device is lost or stolen. Access to data is protected by strong authentication, independent of the operating system.

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