Mac OS Lion security features get a solid “thumbs-up”

As reports of the long list of enhancements seen in the upcoming Apple Mac OS Lion operating system are circulating, I give a solid thumbs-up to the security features of the new OS.

The FileVault 2 feature is a very welcome addition to the new Mac operating system, especially with support for external USB and Firewire drives. This is really good news.

The addition of an instant wipe facility is also to be welcomed. With large drives, the wiping of data – especially on a remote basis in the event of device loss – takes a finite period of time. By removing the encryption keys, the remote wipe is effectively as near-instant as you are going to get.

Ever since my team and I started banging the encrypted drive drum some three years ago, customers have welcomed the availability of well-priced full disk encryption technology.

This has been the reason why the kits – which provide PC users with all the essentials they need to upgrade a PC’s existing drive to an encrypted unit, including a transfer cable and software – have been hot sellers.

The trend towards encrypted drives was highlighted by a survey conducted amongst show-goers by colleagues over at DigitalPersona, who found that two-third of survey respondents at Infosecurity Europe 2011 held disk encryption as a key IT priority.

The survey took in responses from more than 360 attendees at the show and found that whilst large enterprises may have the resources to implement effective and comprehensive disk encryption on all devices, smaller organisations have traditionally reported difficulty finding encryption that is affordable and easy to implement.

Andy Cordial is MD at Origin Storage. Andy started his computer industry career in 1987 working for tape manufacturer Everex Systems. He moved into computer distribution in 1989 and set up his first computer company ‘XL Distribution’. XL merged with Datrontech in '92 where he worked in Management team. Andy saw Datrontech through flotation on LSE then left to start Upgrade Options in '96. Andy sold upgrade (MBO) in '03 and invested in Origin Storage. Andy built Origin to a £5.2m business and has seen it enter the Times Fast track 100. Andy now owns 100% shareholding of Origin after successful purchase of his partner in 2009.