Pointsec Mobile Technologies Secures Palm OS (R) Devices

Company Extends Suite of Mobile Security Products to the PDA Market



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc.

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Pointsec Mobile
 Technologies, Inc. (www.pointsec.com), a leading developer of security control
 software for mobile computers and PCs, announced today the release of
 Pointsec(TM) for Palm OS (R), the company's initial PDA security product. For
 enterprises requiring mandatory access control, Pointsec for Palm OS brings
 workstation-level security to PDAs and smartphones operating on Palm OS.
 Unlike other PDA security products, Pointsec for Palm OS combines innovative
 access control and authentication features with data encryption to protect
 everything on the device, not just a few applications. Pointsec has taken the
 key features and benefits of the company's award-winning flagship security
 product, Pointsec PC(TM) 4.0 and created a security product designed to work
 so that information is transferred from a secure PDA to a secure PC.
     Today, information managers and corporate executives recognize the
 importance of the PDA as a business tool. Palm reports to have up to
 90 percent of the market for personal digital assistants (PDAs). Palm
 estimates more than 130,000 registered developers have created more than
 7,000 software applications for their devices, opening new markets to meet the
 security demands of the enterprise-user.
     "Executives have told us that their biggest concern with deploying large
 numbers of PDAs is the difficulty in enforcing security policies without
 affecting user convenience," said Kurt Lennartsson, VP of Technology at
 Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc. "Legislation and regulations are making
 companies responsible for the control of their all their devices, from PCs to
 PDAs. Pointsec for Palm OS was developed to help companies attain control
 without affecting user performance. For example, login PINs can be a set of
 symbols instead of digits, making it much easier for users to remember their
 PIN."
 
     Product Features of the Pointsec for Palm OS
     Designed to meet the needs of the IT Manager and end-user, product
 features include:
 
     -- Mandatory Access Control and Advanced User Authentication -- Secures
        access to the entire device, not just one application. With Pointsec
        for Palm OS, only authorized users can access the applications and data
        residing on the PDA. This feature provides additional access control
        because the login PIN is a set of images or numbers that appear in
        random order each time a user powers up the PDA, preventing login codes
        from being copied or etched on the PDA's face due to PIN entry
        repetition.
     -- Transparent User Interaction. Designed to work within the battery life
        and processor restrictions inherent in PDAs. Pointsec for Palm OS
        automatically and transparently encrypts and decrypts selected data of
        Pointsec Ready applications without noticeable lag time. Other PDA
        security products can take between 5-10 minutes to encrypt/decrypt data
        and applications.
     -- Authenticated HotSync and Infrared Security. Unlike PDA security
        products that place synchronization access controls on the PC, Pointsec
        prevents illicit access to passwords, data and applications by placing
        sync controls directly on the PDA. This means that passwords cannot be
        captured during sync or data transfer. Illict attempts to use the
        built-in debug functions will also fail since successful authentication
        on the device is required to activate communication. Additionally,
        Pointsec's authenticated HotSync feature provides access control to
        PDAs left unguarded in the cradle. Without Pointsec, a passer-by could
        press the Hot Sync button, gain illicit access of the PDA and get
        possession of the most current data. With Pointsec for Palm OS, when
        the HotSync button is pressed, the user is prompted to enter their PIN.
        If an incorrect PIN is entered, HotSync will not begin and the data and
        applications on the PDA remain secure.
     -- PointSafe Encrypts Personal Data on Palm OS Devices. Recommended for
        Palm OS 3.5x, PointSafe was designed based on customer requests to give
        users a convenient way to organize and automatically encrypt
        confidential data. Bundled with Pointsec for Palm OS, PointSafe offers
        pre-configured, yet customizable, categories to create a secure storage
        area for personal data such as banking and credit card information,
        passwords, addresses, and telephone numbers.
 
     About Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc.
     Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc. (www.pointsec.com) develops and markets
 security software for PCs, laptops, PDAs and other mobile computing devices to
 enterprise clients in the financial, high-tech, and medical industries, and to
 government agencies. Customers include Ericsson, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young,
 Genencor, Homestore.com, InterTrust, NEC, Volvo and the U.S. Department of
 Justice.
     Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc. is part of the Protect Data AB group of
 companies, which has been selling desktop encryption solutions to large
 organizations worldwide since 1988 and is publicly traded on the "Attract-40"
 list on the Stockholm Stock Exchange under the "PROT" symbol.
 
 

SOURCE Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc.
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Pointsec Mobile
 Technologies, Inc. (www.pointsec.com), a leading developer of security control
 software for mobile computers and PCs, announced today the release of
 Pointsec(TM) for Palm OS (R), the company's initial PDA security product. For
 enterprises requiring mandatory access control, Pointsec for Palm OS brings
 workstation-level security to PDAs and smartphones operating on Palm OS.
 Unlike other PDA security products, Pointsec for Palm OS combines innovative
 access control and authentication features with data encryption to protect
 everything on the device, not just a few applications. Pointsec has taken the
 key features and benefits of the company's award-winning flagship security
 product, Pointsec PC(TM) 4.0 and created a security product designed to work
 so that information is transferred from a secure PDA to a secure PC.
     Today, information managers and corporate executives recognize the
 importance of the PDA as a business tool. Palm reports to have up to
 90 percent of the market for personal digital assistants (PDAs). Palm
 estimates more than 130,000 registered developers have created more than
 7,000 software applications for their devices, opening new markets to meet the
 security demands of the enterprise-user.
     "Executives have told us that their biggest concern with deploying large
 numbers of PDAs is the difficulty in enforcing security policies without
 affecting user convenience," said Kurt Lennartsson, VP of Technology at
 Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc. "Legislation and regulations are making
 companies responsible for the control of their all their devices, from PCs to
 PDAs. Pointsec for Palm OS was developed to help companies attain control
 without affecting user performance. For example, login PINs can be a set of
 symbols instead of digits, making it much easier for users to remember their
 PIN."
 
     Product Features of the Pointsec for Palm OS
     Designed to meet the needs of the IT Manager and end-user, product
 features include:
 
     -- Mandatory Access Control and Advanced User Authentication -- Secures
        access to the entire device, not just one application. With Pointsec
        for Palm OS, only authorized users can access the applications and data
        residing on the PDA. This feature provides additional access control
        because the login PIN is a set of images or numbers that appear in
        random order each time a user powers up the PDA, preventing login codes
        from being copied or etched on the PDA's face due to PIN entry
        repetition.
     -- Transparent User Interaction. Designed to work within the battery life
        and processor restrictions inherent in PDAs. Pointsec for Palm OS
        automatically and transparently encrypts and decrypts selected data of
        Pointsec Ready applications without noticeable lag time. Other PDA
        security products can take between 5-10 minutes to encrypt/decrypt data
        and applications.
     -- Authenticated HotSync and Infrared Security. Unlike PDA security
        products that place synchronization access controls on the PC, Pointsec
        prevents illicit access to passwords, data and applications by placing
        sync controls directly on the PDA. This means that passwords cannot be
        captured during sync or data transfer. Illict attempts to use the
        built-in debug functions will also fail since successful authentication
        on the device is required to activate communication. Additionally,
        Pointsec's authenticated HotSync feature provides access control to
        PDAs left unguarded in the cradle. Without Pointsec, a passer-by could
        press the Hot Sync button, gain illicit access of the PDA and get
        possession of the most current data. With Pointsec for Palm OS, when
        the HotSync button is pressed, the user is prompted to enter their PIN.
        If an incorrect PIN is entered, HotSync will not begin and the data and
        applications on the PDA remain secure.
     -- PointSafe Encrypts Personal Data on Palm OS Devices. Recommended for
        Palm OS 3.5x, PointSafe was designed based on customer requests to give
        users a convenient way to organize and automatically encrypt
        confidential data. Bundled with Pointsec for Palm OS, PointSafe offers
        pre-configured, yet customizable, categories to create a secure storage
        area for personal data such as banking and credit card information,
        passwords, addresses, and telephone numbers.
 
     About Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc.
     Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc. (www.pointsec.com) develops and markets
 security software for PCs, laptops, PDAs and other mobile computing devices to
 enterprise clients in the financial, high-tech, and medical industries, and to
 government agencies. Customers include Ericsson, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young,
 Genencor, Homestore.com, InterTrust, NEC, Volvo and the U.S. Department of
 Justice.
     Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc. is part of the Protect Data AB group of
 companies, which has been selling desktop encryption solutions to large
 organizations worldwide since 1988 and is publicly traded on the "Attract-40"
 list on the Stockholm Stock Exchange under the "PROT" symbol.
 
 SOURCE  Pointsec Mobile Technologies, Inc.