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Thales has launched a hardware-based encryption device for broadband connections. The new IP version of its SafeDial+ encryptor PC card is certified by GCHQ to protect information up to the CONFIDENTIAL level. It will enable UK government employees to use broadband out of the office to access sensitive information.

The product is available for laptops, and there is an adaptor for desktop machines. It uses a proprietary UK government algorithm to encrypt data. Users enter a password to use the device.

Thales says it developed the device for the growing number of government employees that are working from home, or other locations. Paul Jackson, head of the communications security division at Thales UK, said: "The MoD's facility in Bristol is full, for example, so there is a pressing need for people to work remotely. This solution goes some way to facilitating that."

The product is housed in a tamper resistent PCMCIA package. It protects against chemical and low temperature attacks, as well as any attempt to physically dismantle the card. If any of these attacks are detected, SafeDial+ deletes the private keys needed to access the data. ®

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