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(Fwd) An IBM announcement in Edupage, 28 January 1999

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Date:          Thu, 28 Jan 1999 22:20:12 -0500 (EST)
From:          "P. J. Ponder" <ponder@freenet.tlh.fl.us>
To:            cryptography@c2.net
Subject:       An IBM announcement in Edupage, 28 January 1999

This is a snippet from today's Edupage:

IBM is offering a new feature on its popular ThinkPad laptops -- a
two-layer security system to protect the mobile machines and their
files.  The IBM Smart Card Security kit provides software that
automatically encrypts data as it is stored on a computer, and a
personal ID smart card that carries the encryption key for decoding
the information.  In addition, an Asset ID tag prevents access to data
if the computer has been removed without authorization from the
designated premises.  Companies can place sensors around doorways that
will inactivate the computer the computer through a wireless
radio-frequency transmitter.  "Now you can tie the face to the asset,"
says Sam Dusi, IBM's worldwide marketing director for ThinkPads. "It's
not just who left the building but what they left with."  According to
the Computer Security Institute, companies incurred losses of more
than $11 million in stolen laptops during 1996 and 1997.  (TechWeb 28
Jan 99)

Edupage, 28 January 1999. Edupage, a summary of news about information
technology, is provided three times a week as a service of EDUCAUSE,
an international nonprofit association dedicated to transforming
higher education through information technologies.
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