SOURCE: GuardianEdge

June 10, 2008 08:03 ET

Grange Mutual Casualty Selects GuardianEdge to Protect Employee and Policyholder Information

Billion-Dollar Insurance Leader to Secure Sensitive Customer Data With GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption and Device Control

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - GuardianEdge, the leading provider of endpoint data protection for the enterprise, today announced that Grange Insurance (Grange Mutual Casualty Group) has selected its GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption and GuardianEdge Device Control solutions to protect sensitive employee and customer information stored on all of the company's laptop computers. Grange is a billion-dollar-plus insurance provider that offers commercial, auto, farm, homeowners, and life insurance throughout 13 states. The company has a large number of employees distributed across these 13 states, making the safeguarding of information transferred between sites of primary importance. With GuardianEdge solutions, Grange is able to ensure that the sensitive data cannot be compromised in the event that a computer is lost or stolen.

"In today's technology-driven work environment, our IT staff constantly faces the challenges posed by an increasingly mobile work force with a heavy reliance on removable storage devices in the form of thumb drives and iPod-type devices," said Jerry Murtland, information security manager, Grange Insurance. "In evaluating hard disk protection and device control solutions, we knew that we needed products that could be deployed easily into our existing environment. With GuardianEdge, we are able to implement natively compatible platform integration, making the products easy to deploy and simple to manage while allowing us to detect or prevent unauthorized transfer of data, safeguard information stored on employee laptops and to ultimately protect trade secrets, intellectual property and private customer and employee information."

GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption, a component of the complete GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform, leverages Microsoft Active Directory and other existing infrastructure platforms to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and managing an endpoint data protection solution. It also allows organizations such as Grange to benefit from the "safe harbor" provided by encryption; eliminating the associated legal liability, incident response costs and brand erosion that are linked with data breach disclosures when laptops and desktops are lost or stolen. The solution safeguards intellectual property by using full disk or multi-partition encryption to protect data and also allows IT staff to implement a Microsoft Single Sign-On integrated pre-boot authentication environment to ensure that only authorized users can gain access to data. When combined with GuardianEdge Device Control, Grange is able to prevent the unauthorized transfer of data from corporate laptops by managing user access to external devices and ports.

"With data loss headlines becoming a daily occurrence, organizations are becoming more aware of the need to minimize the risks that their mobile workforce assumes with their laptop computers and the data that moves across ports and onto removable storage devices," said Ram Krishnan, senior vice president of products and marketing at GuardianEdge. "With GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption and GuardianEdge Device Control, we're providing Grange with the framework they need to protect data stored on endpoints from the damaging outcome inherent with data theft or loss, regardless of location."

About GuardianEdge

GuardianEdge is the leading provider in endpoint data protection for the enterprise. More than two million users around the world depend on GuardianEdge solutions to safeguard sensitive and proprietary information, to ensure compliance with regulations for maintaining consumer privacy and to enable secure enterprise mobility. The company's endpoint data protection solutions have been deployed by leading organizations including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Deutsche Bank AG and Humana Inc., as well as numerous agencies in the U.S. departments of Veteran Affairs, Defense, State and Education. For additional information, please visit: www.guardianedge.com.

About Grange Insurance

Grange Mutual Casualty Group, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a $1 billion-plus insurance provider. Through its network of independent agents, Grange offers auto, home, life, business and farm insurance protection through Grange Insurance and Integrity Insurance. The company serves policyholders in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.grangeinsurance.com.

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