Can I get an "Amen?" The General Services Administration just announced that they have selected 10 data encryption companies to "guard sensitive, unclassified data that reside on laptops, mobile computing gadgets and thumb drives."
The ten companies are:
It is an interesting line-up of encryption vendors with some of the usual suspects included and then a few that made it from out of left field and then a few notables that were left off.
Of the surprises on the list:
- Information Security
- A small player who caters to the federal space
- Encryption Solution
- Finding information on this company was like pulling teeth. Not much of a presence in the market. However, with government contracts, it's always fun to see who has been doing the most lobbying
Of the surprises OFF the list:
- With about a quarter of all of the encryption licenses in the world, their absence is definitely noteworthy. Perhaps because their German?
- The other 800 pound gorilla in the encryption market. Recent purchase by Checkpoint should have made them more palatable to the government, but I guess they're still too Swedish.
It was good to see WinMagic make the list. They're a good group of guys and I'm sure they worked hard to get this deal.
It appears that Guardian Edge may be back in the good graces of the government after winning and then losing the VA deal. Word is that they are having a lot of problems financially so we'll have to see if this keeps them afloat for awhile longer.
Also, good to see Mobile Armor. I have been hearing a lot of good things about their software and look forward to getting my hands on some of it soon.
To put things into perspective, the deal is worth at least $79 million dollars over the next five years.
On top of all of the government agencies that can get in on this deal, state and local governments can get the same pricing through the winning vendors for their various organizations. This represents a tremendous opportunity for local and state authorities to provide encryption for their user's data at greatly reduced costs.
So if you are a local or state agency, jump on this deal because it is unlikely you will find better pricing on your own.