Mission Possible: Encryption Software Isn't the Only Option for Shielding Data

But problems arise because users may not understand the importance of protecting the data.

In the 2008 Ponemon study, 58 percent of non-IT business managers said their laptop data was encrypted, but a majority of them circumvent company security procedures.

Ensconce Data Technology owns a patent for an "Armageddon-version Dead on Demand" chemical technology deployed by remote trigger, which McCarthy says can destroy all data by releasing a caustic chemical without otherwise damaging a computer. That technology is not yet in production.

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