Data protection company PGP cited analyst data that shows a marked increase in enterprise adoption of Apple systems. Long a sector where the Cupertino company has struggled, support from a software maker like PGP certainly goes a long way.
Enter PGP Whole Disk Encryption version 9.9. With this release, the pre-boot authentication scheme for PGP is available to users of either Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” or 10.5 “Leopard.”
Pre-boot authentication is a process that side-steps the loading of the operating system, in which the user must authenticate himself before the boot process actually begins. Nothing can be read or written to the hard disk until this operation is complete.
If data is lost or stolen, PGP's solution allows for the remote lockdown of entire contents of a laptop, desktop, external drive, or USB flash drive, including boot sectors, system, and swap files. In addition, the release can be used with the company's Universal Server application to manage policies, users, and configurations, the company said.
Whole Disk Encryption is not the first product from PGP for the Mac platform. PGP has also released e-mail and file management applications for OS X.
PGP expects Whole Disk Encryption for Mac to be released in July.