NTT DoCoMo and Symantec service will allow DoComo customers to remotely disable a laptop by either locking it or destroying the data on its hard drive
NTT DoCoMo and Symantec today announced that DoCoMo will offer its customers a new 3G-mobile managed service featuring Symantec’s PGP Whole Disk Encryption with Remote Disable & Destroy, powered by Intel Anti-Theft Technology. Based on joint development between Symantec and DoComo, the service will allow DoComo customers to remotely disable a laptop computer by either locking it or destroying the data on its hard drive. Administrators can remotely disable a lost or stolen laptop via a secure SMS message, sent either via the DoComo 3G network management server or a roaming network if the computer is lost overseas. DoCoMo customers will also be able to remotely block the boot process and prevent access to encrypted data, even if the computer’s main power is switched off.
Customers can ensure that their data are safe no matter where the computer goes missing, and even if the thief knows the user’s password. If the lost or stolen laptop is recovered, the system can be easily reactivated and the data fully recovered in just moments. DoCoMo will demonstrate the new security solution in its exhibition booth at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 14-17. The service, expected to be available to customers in Japan during the second quarter of fiscal 2011 beginning this April.