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Biometrics added to USB storage protection

MXI Security : 16 October, 2009  (New Product)
MXI Security is making use of the US Government smart card program to add a third biometric authentication factor to provide additional protection for portable storage applications used in the Government
MXI Security has announced the availability of USB drive authentication technology making use of Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. Used in conjunction with secure portable storage devices from the two companies, the new technology provides the US government with the highest level of protection for portable data available today.

MXI Security's new technology, available as a module for McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), allows organizations to use their existing or planned CAC/PIV infrastructure as a way of identifying their users to MXI Security or McAfee encrypted USB drives using their government issued smart cards. Devices such as the Stealth MXP Bio and Outbacker MXP Bio, manufactured by MXI Security, already offer AES-256 hardware-based encryption and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation. This security is taken to a new level by combining smart card, PIN, and biometric authentication to provide up to three-factor security for on-board data.

"With MXI Security's CAC/PIV technology built into McAfee's ePO central management solution, Federal government agencies like the Department of Defense can trust that their portable data is protected and secure," said Lawrence Reusing, CEO of MXI Security.

'Our longstanding partnership with MXI Security and the newly-announced CAC/PIV technology for McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator exemplify our commitment to offer organizations best-in-class integrated data security solutions that are simple and cost-effective to deploy.' said Dave Scholtz, senior vice president of worldwide strategic alliances and OEM Sales at McAfee.

Apart from the new CAC/PIV technology, McAfee's ePO offers organizations a scalable central network management solution that allows government IT departments full control over their secure portable storage devices. Other MXI Security modules for ePO deliver industry-leading features such as granular security policies, user self-provisioning, and user self-rescue that greatly enhance deployability and scalability. In addition, the ability to restrict devices to trusted networks, remotely kill rogue devices, and have USB drives perform antivirus self-scans provides an unmatched degree of security.

More than 150 government agencies worldwide, half of which are US government, have turned to MXI Security-manufactured portable security devices.

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