From The Founder and Senior Analyst of ZapThink

Ron Schmelzer

Subscribe to Ron Schmelzer: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Ron Schmelzer: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn

News Feed Item

Phoenix Technologies and Seagate Team to Enable More Secure PCs

Phoenix FailSafe(TM) Will Enable Next-Generation Mobile Theft Deterrence on Seagate Secure(TM) Encrypting Hard Disk Drives

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Phoenix Technologies Ltd. , the global leader in core systems firmware, today announced a strategic relationship with Seagate Technology , the world's leading manufacturer of hard disk drives, to enable next-generation mobile PC security. Through the agreement, the Phoenix FailSafe(TM) service and Phoenix SecureCore firmware will be integrated with Seagate Secure(TM) technology.


Phoenix FailSafe allows PC system vendors to embed an innovative command and control system on the notebook PC to help track, control and recover lost or stolen mobile PCs. Users can remotely encrypt, lock and even erase data on lost laptops to protect sensitive or private information. As a result, consumers, small business owners and IT managers will be able to remotely manage mobile PCs, much like mobile phones are managed, through an intuitive Web interface.

Phoenix plans to offer OEMs new Seagate Secure technology platform-based features such as pre-boot authentication and local configuration of the Seagate Secure encrypting hard disk drive security for local PC operation via Phoenix's SecureCore firmware.

Seagate Secure technology is a security platform combining strong, completely automated hardware-based full disk encryption and security, with a programmatic interface that makes it easy to add other software security applications. Phoenix's FailSafe supports Seagate Secure encrypting hard drives to deliver robust data protection, flexibility and end-user transparency under a Web-based management console and policy framework.

Seagate and Phoenix will now enable OEMs to rapidly bring to market new generations of more secure notebook PCs. End users will have more control over their data. In the event the mobile PC is lost or stolen, either Phoenix's SecureCore firmware or FailSafe software and Seagate Secure technology will require users to authenticate themselves to the hard drive before the drive will unlock and the computer will boot up. In addition, users of Phoenix's FailSafe software and services will be able to remotely and cryptographically erase their stored data in seconds, preventing sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.

"Seagate is dedicated to partnering with world-class software vendors to build cutting-edge security solutions based on the Seagate Secure hard drive security platform," said John Bedrick, Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing & New Market Development for IT Security. "Phoenix SecureCore firmware gives OEMs and end users control over the Seagate Secure encrypting hard disk drives, while Phoenix FailSafe offers a new level of protection by giving computer users and IT organizations an effective way to protect and erase or recover data on lost or stolen mobile PCs. The Seagate-Phoenix solution provides unmatched data-at-rest protection and peace of mind for mobile PC owners and IT organizations."

"As the industry shifts increasingly to mobile PCs, it is critical to embed advanced theft-deterrence functionality and data security into next-generation laptops," said Surendra Arora, Vice President of Business Development at Phoenix Technologies. "Phoenix FailSafe combined with Seagate Secure technology offers a powerful solution to locate missing laptops, while remotely protecting vital files stored on the hard drive. In today's world, this level of advanced protection is a requirement to ensure sensitive data remains safe from cyber criminals."

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at

About Phoenix Technologies

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. is the global market leader in system firmware that provides the most secure foundation for today's computing environments. The PC industry's top builders and specifiers trust Phoenix to pioneer open standards and deliver innovative solutions that will help them differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company's flagship products, AwardCore, SecureCore, FailSafe and HyperSpace, are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented security, reliability and ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership with its original BIOS product in 1983, has 155 technology patents and 139 pending applications, and has shipped in over one billion systems. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit

Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, HyperCore, PC 3.0 and the Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. The Wave logo and Seagate Secure are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliates. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor

The statements in this release include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding, but not limited to, the expected benefits from Phoenix's technology partnership with Seagate and the functionality and features of the Phoenix FailSafe solution. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including: technical challenges and delays, including code bugs, glitches and integration issues; unexpected challenges relating to the relationship between Phoenix and Seagate; our ability to deliver all of the various functions and features of FailSafe; the product offerings of competitors, especially with respect to functionality and time-to-market; price competition; our ability to attract and retain key employees; our ability to successfully market and sell the Phoenix FailSafe solution to our customers; the ability of our customers to introduce and market products that incorporate and leverage the Phoenix FailSafe solution; end-market demand for Phoenix FailSafe; and our ability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights. For a further list and description of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward looking statements in this release, we refer you to Phoenix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon assumptions, forecasts and information available to Phoenix as of the date hereof, and Phoenix assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Contacts Shauli Chaudhuri Phoenix Technologies Tel: +1-408-570-1060 Email: Cedric Vanhaver GlobalFluency for Phoenix Technologies Tel: +1-650-433-4154 Email:

Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

CONTACT: Shauli Chaudhuri of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., +1-408-570-1060,; or Cedric Vanhaver of GlobalFluency,
+1-650-433-4154,, for Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Web site:

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.