Utimaco Safeware will next week begin to showcase the latest version of its SafeGuard authentication and data encryption system for personal digital assistant devices.
The system which is designed to protect information stored on Pocket PCs against unauthorized users, has been augmented with PIM Encryption features to automatically encrypt the built-in PDA Personal Information Manager applications. It also includes hard reset survival routines and a secure screen saver so that the device automatically times out and locks after a period of user inactivity, the vendor said.
Utimaco is one of a number of niche mobile security software vendors addressing the protection of data resident on mobile computing devices and competes against the likes of Certicom, Pointsec, F-Secure, Trust Digital, and Asynchrony Solutions.
SafeGuard PDA and the associated SafeGuard PrivateCrypto module is closest in design to F-Secure’s FileCrypto, but Utimaco’s product is distinguished by offering both PIN and biometric access control via signature recognition.