SPYRUS(R) Announces Secure Pocket Drive(TM) Build Your Own Linux Program

SPYRUS(R) Announces Secure Pocket Drive(TM) Build Your Own Linux Program 
Create and Manage a Bootable Hardware Encrypting USB With Your Own
Linux Operating Environment for Any Purpose 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 --  SPYRUS announced today
the availability of the Secure Pocket Drive (SPD) Build Your Own
Linux Program with its award-winning Secure Pocket Drive bootable USB
product line. Secure Pocket Drive is a secure trusted endpoint that
augments a worker's desktop and provides a secure computing
environment on the Internet or for cloud computing applications. The
SPD Build Your Own Linux Program includes a set of unique SPD Linux
Builder Utilities, which gives users the ability to create and manage
their own personal, portable, and secure Linux operating environment. 
The SPD Linux Builder Utilities contain everything an administrator
or user would require to configure and manage the Secure Pocket Drive
with the Linux operating system environment. The software includes a
security initialization utility that generates new cryptographic keys
in the SPD hardware, sets password and logon policies, and
locks/unlocks the encrypted compartment as needed for updating the
operating system or applications. In addition, "admin utilities" are
provided to reset the user password by the administrator and to
change the administrator password when required. Finally,
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and Linux compatible utilities are
provisioned directly on the boot compartment of the SPD to allow the
user to manage their password. 
Secure Pocket Drive with your favorite version of Red Hat (NASDAQ:
RHT), Ubuntu, SLAX, or SE Linux is bootable on almost any Wintel or
Apple Macintosh desktop or laptop. This makes it ideal for individual
home users and supports enterprise BYOD initiatives, such as
teleworking, traveling "road warriors," continuity of operations and
disaster recovery, and temporary workers. 
Secure Pocket Drive can be set up in two different configurations.
The Read-Only Configuration is a hardware-enforced read-only USB
which does not persistently save any data to the Linux operating
environment, similar to a CDROM, and helps prevent the transfer of
malware from the machine it is booting from. The Read-Writable
Configuration has the capability to run productivity applications
such as OpenOffice, and allows for storing data persistently to the
encrypted compartment. Both configurations can be used online when
connected to a network or the internet or offline with no network. 
Both configurations employ the same Suite B On Board(R) hardware
security infrastructure that is built into the SPYRUS Hydra Privacy
Card(R) family. All Secure Pocket Drives use only digitally signed
memories by SPYRUS. Moreover, hardware-based XTS-AES 256-bit full
disk encryption (NIST SP800-38E) encrypts and secures the operating
system, applications, and data on the drive. SPD also has built-in
security checks that make it extremely difficult, if not impossible,
to break into the drive without rendering it inoperable to the
The SPYRUS SPD Build Your Own Linux Program is extremely
cost-effective. Users can expect to realize hardware refresh savings
and increased security, as they will be able to reuse existing
personally owned computers. The SPD boots quickly and easily from
older computers that have been running Windows XP, even without a
hard drive, to extend return on investment on these unused assets. 
With the SPYRUS SPD Build Your Own Linux Program, multiple SPYRUS
patents are used to lock the Linux 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. 
SPYRUS will be previewing its Secure Pocket Drive for Linux in booth
2333 at the RSA Security Conference 2013 in San Francisco, CA,
February 25-28. 
About SPYRUS, Inc. 
SPYRUS has had three years of tremendous success with strong demand
in the public and private sectors for their bootable Secure Pocket
Drive for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows XP. This technical
and industry leadership, combined with security-enhanced features and
performance, makes SPYRUS a great choice for a Windows To Go
platform. Secured by SPYRUS(TM) security-enhanced 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, Secure Pocket Drive, Hydra Privacy Card, and
Suite B On Board 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:
Dan Chmielewski
Madison Alexander PR, Inc.
(714) 832-8716
(949) 231-2965 (cell phone)
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