Pointsec full-disk encryption for Linux debuts

Pointsec full-disk encryption for Linux debuts

Summary: The product is meant to ensure an entire hard drive's data can be encrypted in real time and only accessed by authorised users


A full-disk end-user software encryption product for Linux was launched on Monday by security software company Pointsec. Full-disk encryption protects all data on the hard disk including the operating system, system files, and "supposedly deleted files", the company claims..

Pointsec is pitching the product — Pointsec for Linux — at "large technology and telecommunications corporations needing to protect intellectual property stored on laptop and desktop computers".

Many of those that used the software during its "successful" beta programme have chosen to "deploy to a larger user community due to support for multiple users and groups on standard Linux kernels," the company said in a statement. Pointsec would not release any details of the customers.

"We are seeing an increasing global demand for encryption of endpoint equipment, such as notebook PCs , across many industries as companies realise the threat to their confidential information posed by lost or stolen computers," said Peter Larsson, chief executive of Pointsec Mobile Technologies, in the statement.

Pointsec for Linux is designed for Linux kernel versions 2.6.x and newer, the company said. Pointsec for Linux costs £85 per licence, for a minimum of 100 licences.

Topics: Apps, Software Development

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  • This can already be done easily enough on linux without the need for expensive commercial applications.

    For example, this howto:

    Shows how to install Debian GNU/Linux onto a USB flash media with everything but /boot encrypted.

    [ NOTE: Before anyone points out that they encrypt /boot too, that maybe technically true but even their product needs to leave a small loader unencrypted. In this case to maintain the linux standard, /boot is left available. ]

    Or if you refer to the DM_Crypt wiki, you can find several other examples:
  • Thats is true, however no product can be centrally managed and deployed. Thats where pointsec is different from the various free tools that are already available in the market.