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Latest version Windows Mobile and related device management receive Australian Government security certification

18 August, 2009 | Sydney, Australia

Microsoft Corp. has announced that its Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008 and System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) have obtained Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4). This news follows successful completion of the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) Australasian Information Security Evaluation Program. The DSD is the Australian Government's national authority for information security.

By meeting the security criteria for EAL4, Windows Mobile 6.1, System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008 and System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008 SP1 are accepted under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) by Australia and 25 other countries worldwide including the United Kingdom and the United States.

The CCRA ensures that evaluations of IT products are performed to high and globally consistent standards. Thus, this certification provides government and enterprise customers with definitive information about the security features in Windows Mobile 6.1, and assurance that mobile workers can securely access sensitive data on information networks.

Windows Mobile 6.1, combined with System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008, extends mobile security for government and enterprise customers with on-device file encryption and remote device wipe, in the event of theft or loss. Users can access corporate data and intranets with mobile VPN and manage mobile fleets similar to the way IT departments manage PCs.

Commenting on this certification milestone, Don Kerr, product marketing manager for Windows Mobile, said, "We are extremely proud of this successful Common Criteria evaluation as it offers widely recognised assurance that Windows Mobile delivers a very high level of security and protection of information networks."

"Microsoft is committed to globally recognised evaluations and certification processes as a way of building trust in computing and providing customers in the public and private sectors with a more secure and reliable platform," said Mr Kerr.

Mike Burgess, first assistant secretary, Information Security, Defence Signals Directorate, said, "We have worked very closely with Microsoft throughout this assessment process to ensure that Windows Mobile 6.1 meets the security needs for government and enterprise networks."

"Our evaluation of emerging technology is rigorous, but ensures secure use in government systems. Government organisations and enterprises can be assured that Microsoft's successfully evaluated products can be used to securely enable remote working. DSD looks forward to vendor interest in evaluating a hardware handset that will take advantage of Windows Mobile 6.1 to provide government with another secure option," said Mr Burgess.

The 26 members included under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) are: Australia and New Zealand, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

Windows Mobile works efficiently with existing Microsoft business technology investments and offers users a familiar software experience, making it a smart mobile solution for businesses to deploy. The Microsoft platform offers the security and breadth of features to help people get the information they need - whether in front of a PC, on a laptop or smartphone.

Windows Mobile powers more than 140 handsets built by 55 device makers, which are available today through more than 162 mobile operators worldwide.

Every paying delegate will receive an HP Mini 2140 Notebook enabling them to experiment with Windows 7* and the ‘netbook’ form factor while staying connected throughout the conference. Delegates will have the opportunity to make a thorough evaluation of a large Windows 7 network deployment first-hand while gaining valuable knowledge about the new Windows OS.

Tracey Fellows, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia said the Windows 7 test lab at Tech.Ed Australia 2009 was a major investment for Microsoft Australia.

"We're very pleased to get Windows 7 into the hands of every delegate at Tech.Ed Australia. It will be a great opportunity for people to have a truly immersive learning experience with Windows 7 ahead of general availability in October. We plan to use the feedback from this experience to help develop our local deployment training practices," said Ms Fellows.

Delegates will be able to participate in real-time application development and deployment experiences with the mini-notebooks preloaded with Windows 7. Each HP Mini 2140 notebook PC will feature wireless internet connectivity and have an in-built camera to take full advantage of the unified communications software that will be pre-loaded on the machines including instant messaging and voice and video call functionality.

Delegates will be able to engage with digital conference materials such as presentations, white papers, code samples, trial applications and download virtual machines, technical demonstrations and similar materials via Tech.Ed’s wireless network onto their HP mini notebooks. This will provide an easier and integrated approach to conference hand-outs and online materials.

Paying delegates who receive and use the HP Mini 2140 Notebook during Tech.Ed 2009 will choose whether to take their ‘netbook’ as a gift or a loan at the start of the conference. Notebooks that are loaned and returned by delegates will be donated to the community sector through Microsoft’s On My Way [hyperlink to OMW website] program. A small proportion will also be retained and utilised by Microsoft for future technology events.

Through On My Way, Microsoft's aim is to help disadvantaged Australians develop skills for the 21st Century through digital literacy training programmes, access to technology and online resources, and software and technology donations.

About Tech Ed:

Tech.Ed 2009 is a key Australian technology education event, combining an in-depth showcase of Microsoft technologies with a comprehensive learning experience. The technical education on offer can help ICT professionals drive cost efficiencies, which is especially important given the global downturn. This year Tech.Ed is being held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, from 8 - 11 September.

About HP Mini

2140 notebook: Lightweight, cool and handy – the new HP mini 2140 notebook PC keeps users connected, entertained and productive on the go. Weighing in at just a mere 1.19kg, it features an Intel Atom N270 processor, 160GB of storage, and a 10.1 inch LED display with 16:9 aspect ratio. It also comes with HP3D Driveguard and 92% of full-sized QWERTY keyboard.

* Provision of this HP Mini 2140 Notebook is contingent on Tech•Ed attendees signing a waiver provided by Microsoft Pty Limited prior to collection of the HP Mini Notebook at Tech.Ed 2009. This offer is for paid ticket delegates only and is not available to sponsors, sponsor free tickets, exhibitors, volunteers, Microsoft staff (full-time and contingent), nor any delegate who has received a complimentary ticket (excluding non-Microsoft speakers). Windows 7 version will be the latest public version available prior to Tech.Ed 2009.

About Microsoft

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About DSD

The Defence Signals Directorate is the national authority for information security for Australian Government and provides Government agencies with protective electronic security advice and assistance.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Carrie Ponder
Howorth
0420 635 495
carrie@howorth.com.au

Jonathan Nguyen
Howorth
(02) 8281 3805 
jonathan@howorth.com.au

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