Readers' Choice Awards '08: IT Security Products of the Year


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OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian

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The workforce is becoming more and more mobile every day. That's hardly news, but the problem of maintaining the security posture of laptops that are beyond the reach of corporate IT for days, weeks or months continues to bedevil enterprises.

That's why the impressive technology behind Alcatel-Lucent's OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian is so attractive, and why it earned the bronze award.

The device is remarkable in that it gives IT managers uninterrupted, secure access to employee laptops--even when they're turned off. Imagine your laptop getting the latest patches or AV updates from headquarters in Boston while you sleep in your hotel in Singapore or while you're on vacation.

Laptop Guardian is a wireless 3G device, which allows round-the-clock monitoring and updating. The CardBus PC card has a processor, flash memory and a rechargeable battery that draws power from the laptop. It features strong authentication and single sign-on through Active Directory integration. It integrates with open-source TrueCrypt for disk encryption and supports 3DES and AES for VPN.

The device is marketed primarily through carrier channels. It's primarily aimed at the enterprise market, but Alcatel-Lucent says it has seen strong interest from SMBs.

This was first published in April 2008

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