Dell pushes harder on encryption, anti-malware for client devices

PCs, Android devices get security based on Dell's Credant acquisition, partnership with Invincea

Dell today said it's ready with new anti-malware defense and encryption offerings for businesses using its PCs, laptops and Android-based mobile devices.

The improved security is available via the company's Protected Workspace program for business computing.

Based on its acquisition of encryption and data protection vendor Credant Technologies at the end of last year, Dell can provide pre-installed file protection capabilities for desktops, laptops and Android devices it sells, giving business customers a way to manage encryption capabilities from a central console.

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In addition, Dell announced it has entered into a partnership with Invincea, which has what it calls a "secure virtual container" technology that protects against malware-based attacks, such as spear-phishing. Dell is baking in a customized version of the Invincea technology as a standard image on Dell's entire line of commercial end-user products, including its Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision tablets and PCs.

Brett Hansen, executive director of Dell client security, says other security protections include ControlVault for hardware-based storage of passwords and credentials, smart-card processing and biometric fingerprint processing.

The Invincea-based technology now available from Dell is intended to protect the end user against malware-based attacks arising from infected email attachments or browsing infected websites. There is no console yet that might combine management of both the Invincea anti-malware defense and the Credant hard disk encryption capability, though Hansen says Dell is working on it.

Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: @MessmerE. Email: emessmer@nww.com

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