Export Development Canada (EDC) Case Study


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Export Development Canada Selects WinMagic’s SecureDoc Full-Disk Encryption to Protect All Data on 1200 Laptops Worldwide

Looking to replace existing desktops with 1200 laptops worldwide, Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s export credit agency, understood that it had to find a stronger encryption solution to ensure all data on the portable devices was protected at all times.

“EDC’s Corporate Mobility Initiative meant replacing desktops with 1200 laptops to provide clients worldwide with the most productive working environment,” said Joe Gonzalez, Senior Network Analyst, Telecom & Network Infrastructure, Export Development Canada. “This meant replacing our existing encryption with an enterprise-class solution that would ensure all data was protected if a laptop is lost or stolen and also enable administrators to centrally manage data protection for our highly-dispersed client base.”

Having researched available solutions, EDC selected WinMagic’s National Master Standing Offer (NMSO)- listed SecureDoc full-disk encryption solution.

“We found SecureDoc on the NMSO, and testing showed it met all our security and manageability needs, which included enabling clients to securely recall forgotten passwords from anywhere at any time to prevent unnecessary downtime.”

Compatible with all editions of Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000 as well as Mac and Linux, SecureDoc combines the best of sector-by-sector encryption, file and folder encryption and removable media encryption to make it simple to protect all data stored on servers, desktops, laptops and removable media, such as USB thumb drives.

SecureDoc also supports and manages hardware-encrypted disk drives such as the Seagate® Momentus® FDE and BlackArmor™ drives as well as the TCG “Opal” specification drives. This provides organizations with the flexibility to deploy any combination of hardware/software-based encryption – or transition between the two – with full transparency for users and a consistent management interface for administrators. This not only makes it easy to customize data protection to meet any security protocol, but also ‘future-proofs’ investment in encryption.

Having confirmed SecureDoc met its security and manageability criteria, EDC ran a 40-user pilot to ensure users would be comfortable with the technology.

“Our Proof of Concept showed that users would be able to utilize their encrypted laptops just as they did before we added SecureDoc,” said Dave McNulty, Manager, Telecom and Network Management, Export Development Canada.

With the testing successfully completed, and certain that the new encryption layer would not inconvenience users in the least, EDC has begun installing SecureDoc.

“We have already completed the roll out of 900 laptops,” explained McNulty. “We roll out around 60 users a week, and ensure each receives two hours of technology and corporate responsibility training when they get their new laptop,” McNulty continued. “We haven’t received a single user complaint.”

About Export Development Canada

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,300 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining, a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis, and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for nine consecutive years.