Fighting cyber crime

June 2010 News

To help businesses curb the growing threats of cyber-based crime, Bytes Systems Integration (SI), has entered into a partnership with UK-based company Becrypt.

Becrypt is a supplier of specialised encryption and data security solutions to the UK Government, and has a growing number of corporate clients.

As per the agreement with Bytes SI, the company will now act as a local strategic partner of Becrypt, offering its products, solutions and services to South African customers.

“At Bytes SI we have made a strategic decision to expand on our existing security offering by now providing security end-points,” says Patrick Hastings, divisional director at Advanced Technology Services at Bytes SI. “Fuelling our decision to extend our services beyond the perimeter has been the impending Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act as well as recommendations contained in KING III.”

The partnership with Becrypt will provide Bytes SI with a way in which to help customers protect data held on laptops and notebooks PCs. As more and more organisations implement mobile working, the number of laptop PCs has increased dramatically. Without proper protection each laptop can pose a risk to the organisation, if a machine is lost or stolen data can easily get into the wrong hands.

The Becrypt solutions include: Disk Protect a full disk and removable device encryption solution; Media Client a file, folder and e-mail attachment encryption solution; and Connect Protect a comprehensive port control and management solution offering complete end-point protection.

The one solution that differentiates Becrypt from its competitors is Trusted Client, a secure encrypted working environment on a flash drive providing security for unmanaged end points. Trusted Client gives cost effective and highly secure access for mobile workers, it is an easy to use solution that transforms an unmanaged machine into a secure access point, simply by inserting the Trusted Client into a USB port and re-booting a secure environment is launched, providing a user interface, web browser, e-mail access and standalone applications.

The package offers a hardened and encrypted operating system (Linux) on a USB Memory Stick which can be configured to offer thin client support and is configurable to include only pre-specified applications, or to restrict the user to approved IP destinations, ports, and protocols, such as the corporate intranet, virtual private network (VPN) or specific hosts.

For more information contact Patrick Hastings, Bytes SI, +27 (0)11 205 7000,

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