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Sophos SafeGuard LAN Crypt
Transparent network file share encryption

Sophos SafeGuard LAN Crypt

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Unique protection of confidential files against unauthorized insider or outsider access

Most data protection measures are designed to protect against threats from outside the organization, while most in-house risks are usually overlooked or ignored. However, the potential damage caused by the misuse of confidential company data is exactly the same no matter where the threat originates. In almost every organization, valuable information such as business reports, HR documentation, customer data and research results is saved electronically without being protected. The current practice of saving data centrally on servers, multi-site workplace networking, and the use of mobile data media greatly increases security risks. As more organizations outsource their IT departments in an effort to reduce costs, they are faced with increasing data confidentiality concerns as well.

What is needed is a security solution that only allows authorized user groups access to sensitive data across an organization. With security policies in place, even in-house system administrators or personnel from outsourcing companies can be restricted from accessing confidential data.

SafeGuard LAN Crypt uses fully-automated file encryption to provide effective protection for confidential files. SafeGuard LAN Crypt does not force users to change the way they work: The encryption process is transparent and runs invisibly in the background. This means that each user is assigned a unique “key group” based on his profile with which he can read - released files in plain text. Whereas, if those files were accessed by an unauthorized person, he would only see an enciphered, unreadable string of characters.

In SafeGuard LAN Crypt, the roles of Server Administrator and Security Officer are strictly separated, giving it a unique advantage in handling data security. The Server Administrator can still manage the system as usual, but has no means to decrypt any files. To ensure the separation of duties, the keys are managed by the Security Officer who defines the individual access rights for working groups or individual users in accordance with the company’s security guidelines.

SafeGuard LAN Crypt provides comprehensive protection for all company data. It is scalable so it can be used in small temporary teams, in departments and project groups, or throughout the organization.

Key benefits

Enhanced security

  • Transparent data security for user groups and individual users
  • Encryption on all standard media and in heterogeneous environments
  • Separation of duties between server and security administration
  • Simple implementation of a company-wide security policy
  • Flexible definition of encryption rules for user groups
  • Easy PKI integration and support for certificates, smartcards and USB tokens

Easy to deploy

  • Seamless integration into heterogeneous IT infrastructures
  • Easy, central administration using existing directories or domains
  • No need for additional upgrades to existing IT infrastructure
  • Scalable from individual user groups up to a company-wide rollout

Easy to use

  • Simple to use with integration in familiar working environments
  • Transparent to users, selfexplanatory functionality, resulting in higher levels of user acceptance