Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mac Full Disk Encryption: CheckPoint delivers first

CheckPoint announced their MacOS full disk encryption product, making them the first vendor out gate with a MacOS FDE product that I've seen. Their product supports central management and lists enterprise scale growth capacity, meaning that it may fill the currently empty FDE niche for Mac using organizations.

List pricing for the FDE standalone product ranges from $120-$60 per install, depending on volume. The datasheet has not been updated to include MacOS, so actual street pricing may vary. With that said, the price appears competitive with existing competitive enterprise level products.

I expect the price of full disk encryption packages to fall as it becomes an enterprise commodity rather than a specialized tool for high security environments - the availability of single system solutions using BitLocker or TrueCrypt's FDE make small scale FDE free already.

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