Secure Flash-based Data with Advanced Encryption

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 14, 2009

When it comes to securing confidential data, USB flash drives have always been viewed as a weak link. Software workarounds to encrypt and secure data on these storage devices are available. However, hardware-based encryption is considered to be more efficient and safe. Enterprises and government agencies require solutions that can secure confidential data, are not intrusive for the end-user and comply with information security standards.

Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology, has partnered with Spyrus — a company that manufactures and develops advanced hardware-based encryption, authentication, and digital content security products. Kingston will incorporate patented ‘Secured by Spyrus’ technology into its DataTraveler USB flash drives. The information security technology guards against cyber crimes, cyber thefts and even data loss.

Spyrus develops hardware-based security, which is designed to protect sensitive data used by the Department of Defense (DoD) data. The partnership with Kingston will enable Spyrus to reach markets in over 100 countries.

The USB flash drives will be equipped with the latest requirements that enterprises and government agencies will need in order to keep sensitive information from being tampered, stolen or lost. Features such as Suite B compliance and the XTS-AES mode of operation are some of the advanced cryptographic capabilities that will be incorporated into Kingston’s DataTraveler drives.

Currently, Kingston already has two DataTraveler variants for enterprise customers — under the Vault series. These drives are manufactured with materials that can withstand rough use and also incorporates hardware-based encryption technology.

Drives using Spyrus technology will enter the market in the fourth quarter.