Check Point has announced the release of Check Point Full Disk Encryption for Mac OS X, claiming to be the first vendor the industry's first full-disk encryption solution with pre-boot authentication to support the Mac OS.

The company Check Point Full Disk Encryption now supports all major laptop and desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X version 10.4.5 'Tiger' through Mac OS X version 10.5 'Leopard.'

Check Point claimed that its encryption products support more end-user platforms than any other products in the industry, from Windows, Linux and Mac OS based laptops to Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm and PocketPC-based smartphones and PDAs.

"Enterprises and organisations have to secure 100 percent of their laptops and desktops to be fully protected," said Bob Egner vice president of product management at Check Point. "Check Point recognises that Mac OS has an important and growing place in the enterprise and is proud to offer enterprise customers endpoint solutions that cover all platforms and work in mixed environments."

"We're delighted that Mac users in industries like government and healthcare who value high-quality encryption technologies have a strong solution that supports Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.

Check Point said that Full Disk Encryption was quick and easy to deploy and could scale to any size organisation. Customers benefit from easy to use features and centralised management across diverse operating systems, significantly simplifying the implementation and use of full-disk encryption in mixed environments.

"Rarely will large-scale businesses and organisations have just one endpoint operating system," said Steve Snider, president at Cadre Computer Resources. "Security solutions, like Check Point Full Disk Encryption, that support multiple platforms not only are easier to deploy and manage, but improve the level of end point security throughout the organisation."