On the edge
Flash drives reach the Iron Age
- By Doug Beizer
- May 21, 2008
The IronKey USB flash drive is designed specifically
for the needs of sensitive military, government and
With IronKey, all user data is encrypted with
Advanced Encryption Standard hardware encryption
that has been validated to meet government
Federal Information Processing Standard requirements.
Unlike software-based encryption, this constant
protection cannot be disabled. And because
the Cryptochip generates and stores the random
keys, the encryption routines run faster and more
securely than software-based encryption systems.
The drive has a rugged metal casing to protect it
from physical damage, and the internal components
are sealed to protect against tampering. The
units have passed and exceeded military waterproof
testing, the manufacturer said.
Files stored on an IronKey cannot be accessed
unless they are authenticated with the correct
password. All encryption and password verification
is performed on hardware and cannot be disabled
by malware or a careless user.Data protection on the go
Government agencies looking to centrally manage,
secure or restrict the use of external storage
devices ? including USB flash and external hard
drives and smart-phone cards that store large volumes
of sensitive data ? have a new product
choice from Credant Technologies.
Credant's Mobile Guardian Version 5.3 and the
CMG External Media Shield also protect data
moved by government employees from computers
and mobile devices to personal devices.
CMG EMS is a software client that runs on various
external storage devices and is centrally managed
by the company's CMG Enterprise Edition
product. With CMG EMS installed, government
users can read and write data to the device, though
a password is always required to access the data.
All specified data is encrypted to meet government
mandates and compliance requirements.Send new product announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org and type "On the Edge" in the
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.