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Texas Department of Information Resources Awards Encryptics Contract SDD-2133 [Health & Beauty Close - Up]
[April 19, 2013]

Texas Department of Information Resources Awards Encryptics Contract SDD-2133 [Health & Beauty Close - Up]

(Health & Beauty Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has awarded Encryptics contract DIR-SDD-2133 to help Texas agencies, local governments and other government entities purchase and deploy a fully vetted data protection solution without a time-consuming Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

In a release, Encryptics said that its solution is different in its combination of device-level encryption combined with patented Trusted Peer-to-Peer Digital Rights Management (DRM). With Encryptics, confidential data is protected at the device, in transit, in use and at rest wherever the information might go, even outside of secure firewalls. The solution gives data owners real- time control over who can see and share their digital content, and for how long. Content owners also can remotely cancel access to their data at any time if a recipient's device is lost or stolen, or if an employee leaves the organization.

Encryptics said that the new contract serves as an Interlocal agreement, which is authorized under state laws as a way to increase government efficiency and effectiveness in the service of constituents. Even out-of-state public entities can purchase the Encryptics solution through the DIR-SDD-2133 contract, as authorized under the Texas Interlocal Cooperation Act.

Earlier this year, DIR purchased the Encryptics Professional solution for the agency's own use, following an extensive trial. This deployment marked the state government's first implementation of device-level email encryption.

Following DIR's successful implementation, the agency negotiated with Encryptics for discounted pricing that is now available to other state agencies, local governments, municipalities and Texas public academic institutions to purchase the solution.

"We are excited about the support that the SDD-2133 contract makes available to government entities in Texas," said Mitch Scherr, chief executive officer of Encryptics. "In addition to the already discounted rates negotiated with DIR, we will offer additional discounts throughout the second quarter. This will help government entities ensure data protection wherever the data might go." "The capabilities that the Encryptics solution brings to bear are an important element of our overall security strategy," the state's Chief Information Officer, Karen W. Robinson said in the DIR case study about the implementation. Brian Acklen, Network Specialist, said, "The administrative control was a great benefit - it allowed friendly and secure installation for designated recipients." ((Comments on this story may be sent to (c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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