New offering locates lost, stolen PCs
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Sep 26, 2000
Lost laptops and stolen computers are a growing concern to federal IT managers,
but now agencies can help protect themselves thanks to a reseller agreement
announced Monday by Lockheed Martin Corp.
Lockheed's Mission System business unit, Gaithersburg, Md., will resell
Computrace, a computer tracking, monitoring and theft recovery solution
from Absolute Software Corp.
Computrace is an undetectable security software program that uses a
tracking agent to transmit its location to a monitoring center on a regular
basis. When a computer is reported missing, its location is automatically
logged the next time the machine accesses the Internet or is plugged into
a telephone line. Security personnel then coordinate the recovery with law
Absolute, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has several U.S. government
clients, including the General Services Administration, which used Absolute's
technology to break up a theft ring a few years ago, a company spokesman
Peter Scott, executive vice president and chief financial officer at
Absolute, said the reseller agreement with Lockheed Martin fits in with
Absolute's business plan of "building through partnerships" and that the
company is looking forward to doing business with Lockheed Martin's extensive
Computrace costs $50 per unit per year, Scott said.