Identity Theft and US Data Protection Legislation: A GuardianEdge White Paper.

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GuardianEdge Technologies Inc. (formerly PC Guardian Technologies), a market leader in reducing the cost and complexity of enterprise data security, today announced the release of a White Paper for security and network administrators outlining the current legislative landscape for organizations that use personal electronic records and other forms of sensitive consumer information.

Identity theft reached epidemic proportions in 2005: businesses and government agencies reported security breaches that affected more than 50 million Americans, and as a result, US lawmakers introduced numerous “get-tough” measures that could severely penalize organizations that fail to protect personal or sensitive consumer information.

As a company focused solely on data security for enterprises, GuardianEdge Technologies Inc. (formerly PC Guardian Technologies), a market leader in reducing the cost and complexity of enterprise data security, today released a White Paper for security and network administrators outlining the current legislative landscape for organizations that use personal electronic records and other forms of sensitive consumer information.

Entitled “Identity Theft and US Data Protection Legislation: an Overview”, this document presents an survey of current state and federal laws that require organizations to implement data security and privacy programs, and to notify the public in the event of a security breach involving sensitive personal information. Topics include the California SB-1386 legislation and other state notice-of-breach laws; current federal laws such as SOX, GLBA and HIPAA; and pending federal legislation such as the so-called “Specter-Leahy” bill. The white paper is currently available for online viewing on the home page of the GuardianEdge Web site (http://www.guardianedge.com).

Also, GuardianEdge has published a list of frequently asked questions about the “Specter-Leahy” bill; why the bill is necessary, whom it affects, and what it means for affected organizations. This FAQ appears at this URL: http://www.guardianedge.com/data_security/specter-leahy_faq.html

According to GuardianEdge CEO Alan Fudge, these laws demonstrate that organizations need more effective security measures to protect sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. Fudge points out that, more often than not, these laws reference encryption as an effective tool for protecting data that is otherwise subject to loss or theft even with strong access controls.

“The language in these bills demonstrates that encryption is recognized as one of the most effective technologies available for ensuring the security and privacy of electronic records,” says Fudge.

GuardianEdge offers a comprehensive set of encryption-based data security solutions, including the award-winning Encryption Plus Hard Disk product, which provides full-volume security by encryption every sector of a hard drive, including temporary files, hibernation files and even unused disk space. These benefits enable organizations to protect data even if the hardware it resides on is compromised, and to control access to network resources through the protected computer. By adopting a comprehensive data security program that includes Encryption Plus Hard Disk as a technical safeguard, organizations gain a solid foundation for protecting sensitive information, managing compliance and establishing trust with consumers.

About GuardianEdge Technologies Inc.

GuardianEdge Technologies Inc. (formerly PC Guardian Technologies) is a market leader in reducing the cost and complexity of enterprise data security. Customers around the world depend on GuardianEdge solutions to protect sensitive and proprietary information, to ensure compliance with rules for safeguarding privacy, and to enable secure enterprise mobility.

Established in 1984, GuardianEdge is headquartered in San Francisco and serves an installed base of more than half a million active users at leading global corporate and governmental organizations, including Lockheed Martin Corp., Deutsche Bank AG and Humana Inc.

For more information about GuardianEdge Technologies, visit http://www.guardianedge.com

About Encryption Plus Hard Disk

Encryption Plus Hard Disk is a leading enterprise security solution that delivers full-volume encryption for endpoints such as desktop and laptop computers, protecting every sector of the hard drive including temporary files and unused space. What’s more, Encryption Plus Hard Disk protects access to the Windows operating system itself, ensuring that only authorized users can gain access to network resources.

Encryption Plus Hard Disk is actively in use on more than a half-million enterprise workstations and is recommended by SC Magazine, Computer Week, Network Computing Magazine and Windows IT Pro magazine.

For more information about Encryption Plus Hard Disk, visit the online product page on the GuardianEdge Web site (http://www.guardianedge.com).

GuardianEdge is a trademark and Encryption Plus is a registered trademark of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc. All other products and services mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

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