Good news for IT administrators struggling to find an effective way to manage lost or stolen laptops. Now, McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (aka McAfee ePO), an enterprise-class console for security management software, soon will be able to go further and securely disable stolen or lost laptops in order to protect the most valuable company asset: information.


This capability comes as joint effort of Intel, McAfee and Softex, that was announced last week during IDF in San Francisco, when Softex announced that has joined the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) partner program in order to develop this capability and integrates as plug-in to McAfee ePO that will be called Softex SecureDisable.


There are several reasons to it be a good news:

  1. It’s a long time desired capability, since corporations started replacing regular desktops by laptops.
  2. Intel® Anti-Theft technology is an integral component of business-class laptops Intel® vPro™.
  3. It is already integrated with McAfee ePO and provide an integration component for Microsoft System Center 2007.
  4. McAfee ePO Deep Command already brings a key feature for “road warriors” called Fast Call for Help (aka FCFH). This allows remote users, even with damaged OS, to connect to corporate network and let a help desk technician provide support using KVM, now with AT feature, steroids the solutions for these workers and improve efficiency for IT department, not only to provide a fast back to work but also protecting organization information and assets.


Softex is planning to provide this capability as cloud computing offering, hosted in their facilities or hosted on-premise in enterprise boundaries.It will allow great flexibility on how to deploy and manage this capability across the board.


Now, as never before, “road warrior” workers are able to experience service and security protection as if they were working inside corporate boundaries.


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