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Dell launched "phase 2" of its Dell Data Protection Encryption portfolio to provide organizations with a "new level of security" to secure data stored on a wide variety of endpoints.  

Dell announced "simple, comprehensive and flexible encryption" features to expand its data protection and encryption portfolio Oct. 12 at its DellWorld conference in Austin, Texas. The Dell offerings allow IT to protect data based on users, user groups, data sensitivity and performance needs, according to Kirk Schell, executive director and general manager of Dell’s business client product group. Dell is protecting both the data on endpoints as well as the information flowing through system ports, Schell said.  

Organizations are trying to minimize risk from lost, stolen or compromised devices and external media. Encrypting the data stored on these devices ensures that information remains safe regardless of the device’s physical location.  

"Endpoint security management has become more complex and costly due to a number of factors–from increased worker mobility to the proliferation of threats–and has magnified the importance for protecting critical information on endpoint devices," Schell wrote on the "Direct2Dell" blog.  

Dell first announced the Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE) portfolio in November with partner Credant Technologies. The expanded portfolio provides organizations with more complete protection. DDPE secures laptops and desktops as well as complementing Dell’s Enterprise Mobility Services and Dell SecureWorks to give customers comprehensive protection for their IT assets, Schell said.  

Dell Data Protection Encryption Enterprise Edition includes four key offerings, according to Schell. They are Data-Centric Encryption, Full Volume Encryption, External Media Edition and Microsoft BitLocker Manager. All Dell Data Protection Encryption Enterprise Edition components are managed from a single console, Schell said. Data-Centric Encryption, External Media Edition and BitLocker Manager are available now, while Full Volume Encryption is expected to be available later this year.  

Dell is also providing a personal edition for small businesses and organizations that don’t have a centralized IT department. The personal edition allows smaller organizations to set encryption policies on the local system, backup escrow keys and enable a password to ensure policies are not changed. The personal edition will be available Oct. 18.  

Data-centric Encryption provides intelligent software-based encryption for Microsoft Windows and external media. IT departments easily deploy encryption on Microsoft Windows Systems, even on non-Dell systems, Schell said. IT departments have access to one-touch templates to simplify compliance management and auditing. The protection covers both system and attached storage.  

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Dell Unveils Expanded Data Protection Encryption Portfolio