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Eased Restrictions on Flash Drives Requires Stronger Security Control

ActivIdentity : 22 February, 2010  (Technical Article)
Torsten George, Vice President of Marketing at ActivIdentity welcomes news regarding the Federal Government lifting restrictions on the use of flash drives for mobile data storage if security on the data stored there is managed effectively
Torsten George says, 'ActivIdentity welcomes the policy changes, which will enable US troops to operate in difficult environments and stay mobile throughout their missions. Nonetheless, in today's cyber attack-prone climate, ActivIdentity recommends that the Pentagon makes use of so-called secure and managed portable computing solutions. These next generation thumb key devices come with encryption capabilities that make it far more difficult to capture sensitive information. Additional security can be added by securing the device's storage and encryption capabilities with a second factor of authentication, which can be provided via the credentials that are stored on a Common Access Card (CAC) or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart card. In this case, military personnel can use their CAC / PIV smart card to unlock a secure and managed portable device; once the CAC / PIV smart card has been removed from the associated PC, the device secure and managed portable is automatically locked. This approach strengthens security, reduces organizational risk, and provides convenience for users.'
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