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Federal certification for PIV integrated USB drive

Gemalto : 30 October, 2009  (New Product)
The Smart Guardian encrypted USB drive with integrated personal identity verification gains FIPS certification
Federal certification for PIV integrated USB drive
Gemalto has announced FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification for its Smart Guardian (SG) FIPS smart card-based encrypted USB drive with personal identity verification (PIV) integrated authentication ability. This first of its kind secure storage device is a zero-footprint smart card protected flash drive that meets US military 810-F environmental standard and is now available to secure the mobile data of US government employees.

"It is critically important to protect data-at-rest with the same levels of security as you would for any classified information," said Neville Pattinson, vice president of government affairs North America for Gemalto. "As government employees become increasingly mobile and USB removable media drives become more ubiquitous, protecting the sensitive data on these mobile devices needs to be a top priority. The SG FIPS solves this by providing data-at-rest protection for all government data on the device without impacting user productivity, while the PIV integration provides the convenience of only having to remember one PIN."

Gemalto designed the SG FIPS encrypted USB drive to be extremely easy to use. Agencies have the option to strongly bind the SG FIPS to their employees government issued PIV credential granting access to the protected storage based upon a successful PIV authentication. Using this kind of two-factor authentication ensures that only the authorized PIV user has access to the data on the device. Any attempts to tamper with the device will result in destruction of the smart card crypto module rendering it useless to intruders.

Manufactured in the United States, the rugged and waterproof SG FIPS is plug-and-play on multiple operating systems including Windows and Mac OS. It utilizes fast and reliable SLC USB flash memory, and ensures any data transferred to and from the device is safe through the built-in option to enable always-on McAfee anti-malware and anti-virus software.
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