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Laptop Protective Services is Now Data Protective Services

Effective immediately, the PIA member benefit known as Laptop Protective Services will henceforth be known as Data Protective Services. Our partner in this effort, MobileSecure,...
May 7, 2010

Effective immediately, the PIA member benefit known as Laptop Protective Services will henceforth be known as Data Protective Services. Our partner in this effort, MobileSecure, has renamed the service to reflect the fact that agents can apply the service to all of their agency's PCs, not just laptops.

DPS helps agencies take a proactive stance in managing their data security risk by allowing agencies to:

  • Audit files on agency computers (see a list of files that are on each PC),
  • Monitor compliance with their agency's data security policy (Are staff members storing confidential data on their computers when they shouldn't be?),and
  • Take action based on the results of monitoring and audits...even remotely "lock down" any computer.


This service can be an important part of an agency's comprehensive data security plan.


"We understand that agencies are concerned about their customer data and many have developed data security policies as part of their agency's computer use policies.  It is important that PIA members and other agents have the tools to audit, monitor and enforce their security policies," said Alexi Papandon, PIA National's assistant vice president of communications. "We listened to our members' requests and have worked with our partner MobileSecure to offer an integrated solution for our members' desktop and laptop computers.  PIA strongly encourages its members to review their data security plans and, if their agency uses desktop and laptop computers, to consider implementing DPS as one risk mitigation tool."

"Using DPS, you can be prepared for an incident or an audit." said Duncan Mackay, President and CEO of MobileSecure. "Companies can immediately ascertain what customer or other confidential data might have been exposed and can use the file audit reports generated by DPS at the time of the data breach incident or the request by a customer to validate that their data has not been compromised."

"Apart from taking action after a security event," added Mackay, "by tracking what files are on each computer DPS enables companies to understand the potential exposure ahead of time and to take appropriate action to protect itself and the company's clients."

For additional information visit the Data Protective Services section of the PIA National website at www.pianet.com/DataProtectiveServices.

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