HP will be shipping its new HP iPAQ hx2700 series Pocket PC based on Windows Mobile for Pocket PC OS with more security features than the usual handheld device.
The HP iPAQ hx2700 has an integrated biometric fingerprint reader which, in conjunction with Cogent's BioSwipe biometric software technology, protects sensitive information stored on the handheld by preventing unauthorized access. Users can authenticate themselves using their fingerprint, or a combination of a PIN or password and fingerprint. Cogent's biometric software technology solutions have also been used in two previous HP iPAQ products.
In addition to this, HP is also bundling the Credant Mobile Guardian client security software in the hole hx2000 series of Pocket PCs. The HP iPAQ hx2000 series Pocket PC is available in three models. HP ProtectTools is based on CREDANT Technologies software, and allows users to match companies' security policies, including strong authentication. For organizations that need to deliver two-factor authentication to protect sensitive data assets from unauthorized access, the software can make use of the built-in fingerprint reader available in some models to provide secure and easy authentication based on something the user knows -- a PIN or password -- and something they are -- a fingerprint.
To ensure authorized users can access their data in case of a lost PIN or password, access can be regained by entering a secret answer to a pre-selected question. HP ProtectTools, secured by CREDANT Technologies, also provides a second layer of defense by encrypting sensitive information to ensure it remains confidential. A user can encrypt email, contacts, calendar, notes, My Documents and other files, which are then automatically protected whether stored on the device or an external storage card. In the event that a mobile device is lost or stolen, aggressive fail-safe actions can be automatically invoked to hard reset the device back to factory defaults after a pre-determined number of access attempts.
Credant is also offering a transition to a centralized IT function by upgrading to Credant Mobile Guardian (CMG) Group Edition or Enterprise Edition. CMG Enterprise Edition, is for large organizations requiring a centralized solution that integrates with their existing IT infrastructure. CMG Group Edition, generally available since early 2004, is for small to mid-size organizations with limited IT resources or organizations that are rolling out mobile applications to smaller groups of high-risk users.