June 17th 2008
Addresses increasing risks of notebook data loss posed to small business professionals
Toronto, Ontario – June 17,2008 – No Panic Computing Inc. today announced its industry-first secure mobile computing offering for small business that alleviates data loss, data breach and business interruptions in a laptop solution.
No Panic Computing (NPC) delivers a worry-free computing experience for small business professionals concerned with the security of their information and that of their clients. The highly-secure, cost-predictive NPC solution is offered exclusively on HP enterprise notebooks along with office software, backup, security, encryption, accidental damage protection, warranty and unlimited 24/7 support, all expertly engineered and pre-configured for a low monthly price of $129.95.
Designed for easy implementation and use, NPC ships the industry's first notebook that includes technology that proactively monitors the user's system for the quality and completeness of the secure data backup, the integrity of the encryption system, and for viruses or tampering attacks. Biometric technology as well as managed security policies are also used.
NPC is working with industry-leading companies HP, Intel and Iron Mountain to deliver its best-in-class solution for small and mid-sized business (SMB).
According to new NPC-commissioned research conducted in May 2008 by AMI-Partners Research, 70 per cent of Canadian small businesses state that data security is a priority to their business – the highest rate among all categories, eclipsing basic operational services such as business insurance and accounting. In fact, the small business IT security spend in Canada is estimated to grow to $500 million by 2012 from $271 million today.
"We know that data security, ease-of-use and business continuity at a manageable cost are primary concerns for small business computer users. No matter what happens, whether a laptop is lost, stolen, malfunctioning or compromised, just one phone call gets our customers back to work," said Larry J. Keating, President and CEO, No Panic Computing Inc.. "Our extensive field pilot proved that knowing their data encryption works and is professionally managed, and their laptop can be replaced at any time with their data restored is the peace-of-mind SMB professionals are looking for."
Every NPC laptop also features technology that allows NPC to remotely destroy laptop data in the event of theft or loss.
According to Dr. Ann Cavoukian, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, in her 2007 Annual Report "Information - especially personal information - is a core commodity in our digital era. Growth and success in the digital age depends, in part, on the extent to which the public trusts how personal information is collected, used, disclosed and retained by the organizations that hold it." The report goes on to say "The IPC has long advocated for the development and deployment of technologies that support privacy aims while delivering on core business objectives."
"Canadian small business owners without extensive IT support will benefit from this simple, easy-to-use computer to protect their data and ensure business continuity in the event of computer loss, data loss or corruption," said Derek Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Personal Systems Group, HP Canada. "The combination of HP notebooks and NPC infrastructure gives small business owners and operators what they need for a more secure mobility experience, so they can concentrate on their business success."
According to AMI-Partners research, although data security is a top priority, Canadian small businesses have very low penetration and usage rates of sophisticated security products. Seventy-four per cent of small businesses surveyed do not yet encrypt their data.
"Keeping up with the constantly-changing landscape of security and productivity challenges requires day-to-day management that is at the core of NPC's offering," said Doug Cooper, Country Manager, Intel Canada. "NPC's unique approach to the market and product innovation features Intel Centrino Pro technology. Built-in manageability and proactive security are key features of Intel's Centrino Pro technology making this an innovation milestone we are excited to participate in."
Within the almost one million small businesses in Canada, the AMI survey results show the loss of data on a company notebook would have a considerable impact on their business.
"Small businesses today recognize the importance of protecting their business information, but until now have been challenged on how to do this cost effectively and reliably," said David Kubick, Vice President, World Wide Channels and Alliances, Iron Mountain. "Now small businesses can protect their data with Iron Mountain Digital's market leading data protection solutions integrated into NPC's secure, easy to-use package."
NPC customers receive an HP enterprise notebook pre-configured with Microsoft Office 2007, ESET Anti-virus/Anti-spyware software, Claritude Speedfiler, a carrying case and notebook accessories. Their notebook arrives fully secure and backed up, and once they begin computing, all of their data and programs are backed up daily to one of Iron Mountain's secure data facilities. In the event the notebook is stolen, broken, or its data compromised, NPC can replace the notebook with all the data re-loaded to the time of the last data backup. Customers can also securely access their data from any web browser while their notebook is being replaced, or any time they are away from their notebook. ESET's enterprise-level internet security offering is monitored from the NPC data centre for revision and system integrity, ensuring the prevention of even zero-day attacks.
No Panic Computing Inc., based in Markham, (north-east Toronto) Ontario, Canada, specializes in secure mobile computing solutions for small business professionals. NPC's unique, industry-first solution alleviates data loss, breach and business interruptions in an expert, data centre managed solution that is simple to buy and easy to use. The company is part of the Keating Group of Companies which includes Canada's leading branch-outsourcing service to the high-technology industry, Keating Technologies, providing award-winning sales and call centre services for more than 21 years. For further information please visit www.nopaniccomputing.com or www.keating.com.
Articles from Larry Keating's (CEO, NPC) guest blog on the Huffington Post Business pages