CREDANT wins contract to protect GSA laptops

Published 4 January 2007

Deal is third with a government agency in three months; company teams-up once again with Intelligent Decisions; CREDANT’s FIPS 140-2 encryption solution turns heads

Protecting laptop computers is a high priority for governent agencies, with various inspector generals chastising those within their purviews for lax security protocols surrounding those devices. (DHS’s inspector general even cited his own office for such a problem.) Dallas, Texas-based CREDANT and Ashburn, Virginia-based Intelligent Decisions are major players in helping governent agencies shape up their acts, and so the news that they had together won a General Services Administration (GSA) contract to laptop data is not a big surprise. In fact, over the past three months two other government agencies — the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Finanace and Accounting Services — signed similar deals.

CREDANT and Intelligent Decisions are charged with helping GSA comply with

Office of Management and Budget memorandum M-06-16, which includes a security checklist that recommends best practices for the protection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as determined by NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The companies certainly have the tools. CREDANT is known for introducing the industry’s first FIPS 140-2 certified intelligence-based encryption solution for Microsoft Windows that does not encrypt the operating system. “GSA now joins OPM and DFAS in securing sensitive mobile information sensitive with CREDANT’s policy-based intelligent encryption software,” said Chris Ostertag of CREDANT.

-read more in this company news release