ESET today announces the acquisition of recognised data encryption company DESlock+ and plans to integrate this solution into its broad portfolio of consumer and business products.
An older ESET Ireland survey revealed the Irish were rather clueless about data leakage and data protection, but the governmental agencies in European Union are enforcing regulations that require businesses and organisations to implement security measures, including encryption, to protect the data of their users. Data Protection is essentially all about the protection of the personal data of individuals, whether they are customers, employees, donors or clients. In Ireland the Data Protection Acts of 1988 & 2003 place an obligation to have “appropriate security measures” in place to prevent “unauthorised access to, or unauthorised alteration, disclosure or destruction of, the data and against their accidental loss or destruction” with the Data controller and/or the Data processor.
Should companies and organisations fail to put best practice security solutions in place and should there be a breach and they are found to have been negligible they will face significant penalties. The Data Protection office states “encryption is considered an essential security measure where personal data is stored on a portable device or transmitted over a public network.” It goes on to say that portable devices should be encrypted with Full Disk Encryption to mitigate against storage of files outside of an encrypted segment of the disk. (Source: https://www.dataprotection.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=1091#6)
“A recent survey we conducted among businesses shows that 2 out of every 3 companies see a need for encryption as part of their standard endpoint security solutions,” said Ignacio Sbampato, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ESET. “Acquiring DESlock+ will allow us to complement our ESET Security products with a great encryption technology.”
DESlock+, based in Taunton, United Kingdom, specialises in advanced encryption solutions and first partnered with ESET two years ago, when it joined the ESET Technology Alliance program. “Encryption plays an important role in security and represents a vault guarding your company’s sensitive information as well as your personal data,” said ESET’s Chief Technology Officer, Palo Luka. “Our plan is to fully integrate the technology we have acquired into our products for business and the consumer segment, and to develop it further.”
DESlock+ is a powerful tool with patented share-key management offering a number of encryption features. It includes web browser-based secured remote management, a mobile edition for iOS® and a portable client, DESlock+ Go, which allows secure data access on workstations without DESlock+ installed.