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Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 55 integrates Viasat Eclypt core encrypted hard drive to protect top secret data

Panasonic today announced its modular TOUGHBOOK 55 notebook is now available for the Defence industry with an integrated Eclypt® Core Encrypted Internal Hard Drive from global communications company, Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT). The solid state self-encrypting hard drive is certified for use in the UK to secure Top Secret information and all security levels below, as well as certified for use by NATO and other European countries including Germany.

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 55 sets a new standard for rugged mobile computing with users able to customise their device for different tasks while in the field. The Viasat Eclypt hard drives will be integrated into the devices modular universal bay. Integration and supply to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) will be carried out by Centerprise International, a trusted supplier to the MOD for more than 35 years.


“The UK MOD and defence organisations around the world have a long track record of relying on Panasonic TOUGHBOOK notebooks integrated with Viasat encrypted hard drives to provide the highest levels of encryption and security for data on their mobile devices,” said Peter Thomas, Defence Industry Regional Manager for Panasonic Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe. “This latest integration with TOUGHBOOK 55 ensures the defence industry has access to the latest generation of modular and Secured Core TOUGHBOOK notebooks with the trusted security levels they require.”


Steve Beeching, managing director of Viasat UK said: “Our ongoing relationship with Panasonic TOUGHBOOK and its latest generation device will ensure that the Defence industry has continued access to state-of-the-art rugged and secure devices. Eclypt technology integrates sophisticated authentication, entire-disk encryption and data storage into tamper-resistant internal or portable hardware that safeguards data. This provides instant data protection without any noticeable adverse effects on a computer’s performance.”