USDA Integrates Telework Solution Using the SPYRUS(R) Secure Pocket
Drive(TM) as a Secure, Trusted Endpoint to Protect Its Networks for
Teleworking and Travelers
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/02/13 -- SPYRUS today announced
that two editions of the SPYRUS Secure Pocket Drive (SPD) have been
made available for use by the United States Department of
Agriculture's (USDA) International Technology Services (ITS)
customers. Secure Pocket Drive allows users to run their own
customized applications and third-party productivity software, such
as Microsoft Office locally in addition to accessing corporate
networks and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). The USDA
estimates up to 40,000 units of the Secure Pocket Drive will be
deployed to its personnel as a secure device in its support of the
Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.
Designed as a secure trusted endpoint to augment a worker's desktop
and secure Internet and cloud computing applications, Secure Pocket
Drive is the first and only licensed solution that boots the
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 7 operating system or
Ubuntu Linux from a pocket-sized encrypting USB flash drive. Secure
Pocket Drive can be booted on almost any Wintel or Apple Macintosh
desktop or laptop in less than 60 seconds.
For teleworkers who require remote access to the USDA Virtual Desktop
Infrastructure exclusively, the USDA has integrated a custom
read-only Ubuntu Linux LiveCD to be booted from the SPD Remote Access
Edition, leveraging the hardware enforced read only access as an
additional layer of protection. For executives who need offline
processing power and secure data storage while traveling in airports
and airplanes, USDA is planning the availability of the SPD
Productivity Edition with WES 7 and targeting the SPYRUS Secure
Portable Workplace for Windows To Go in the second quarter of 2013.
USDA executives understand the need to prevent cross-contamination of
their stored data through the transfer of malware from host PCs as
well as the potential for their laptop data being compromised by
increasingly sophisticated hacking attempts against laptops carried
by traveling workers. The extensive built-in security self checks of
the Secure Pocket Drive make it extremely difficult if not impossible
to successfully gain acces
s to information held on the SPYRUS Secure
Pocket Drive, or to the corporate network that is accessed by it.
Secure Pocket Drive employs the same on-board Suite B hardware
security infrastructure that is built into the SPYRUS Hydra Privacy
Card(R) family. Sector-based full disk encryption of the internal
memory where the operating system and applications are stored is
based on XTS-AES 256 encryption (NIST SP800-38E) and Suite B
cryptography is part of the DoD cryptographic modernization program.
With the Linux Remote Access Edition, USDA expects to realize
hardware refresh savings and increased security as they will no
longer have to provide government furnished computers for teleworkers
with capable personally owned systems. They have demonstrated the
capability to re-provision older computers that cannot boot Vista or
Windows 7, even without a hard drive, to extend return on investment
on these unused assets. USDA employees and contractors can safely
leave the laptop behind in hotel rooms, or even lose it since the
laptop contains no mechanism to store data or access the USDA
With the Windows SPD's, multiple SPYRUS patents are used to lock the
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows OS to the device and provide
cryptographic protection against modification to the boot loader and
the operating system. The patented methods enforce on-the-fly
integrity validation to enable fast and secure boot-up and enhance
the user experience without suffering the performance or
vulnerability penalties incurred by other bootable products. The
patented Secure Pocket Drive was designed from the ground up with
strong FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardware, US Government-approved
next-generation cryptographic algorithms, and extensive built-in
self-checking functionality to protect the device, the operating
system, and the user.
"The USDA deployment of the Secure Pocket Drive validates the high
assurance security techniques we utilize to protect against transfer
of malware from host computers to corporate networks," said Tom
Dickens, COO of SPYRUS. "USDA has discovered that everyone from
executives to teleworkers to road warriors can use the Secure Pocket
Drive for worry-free secure computing."
You can watch videos of Secure Pocket Drive in action or get
information on ordering Secure Pocket Drive for immediate evaluation
or purchase at www.spyrus.com/products/secure_pocket_drive.asp.
About SPYRUS, Inc.
SPYRUS holds patents in the U.S. and abroad that enable solutions for
secure authentication, secure communication, and full disk
encryption, as well as patents relating to data protection and rights
management for digital content. To prevent the insertion of untrusted
components, Secured by SPYRUS(TM) security technology is proudly
designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA to meet FIPS 140-2
Level 3 standards. SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California.
See www.spyrus.com for more information
Secure Pocket Drive is protected by U.S. Patents 7,757,100,
7,380,140, 6,088,802, and 6,981,149, with other patents pending.
SPYRUS, the SPYRUS logo, Secured by SPYRUS, Hydra Privacy Card, Hydra
PC, Secure Pocket Drive, and Security to the Edge are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of SPYRUS, Inc., in the U.S.
and/or other jurisdictions. All other company, organization, and
product names are trademarks of their respective organizations.
SPYRUS Media Contact:
Madison Alexander PR, Inc.
949-231-2965 (cell phone)
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