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High encryption levels using USB security device.

SD Key Europe : 18 March, 2008  (New Product)
Portable data more secure with the use of 256 bit encryption on USB memory to prevent corporate data leakage.
SD Key is an advanced new portable USB data encryption device that enables documents, sensitive data and email to be secured using military strength 256 bit encryption. SD Key's advanced security features are highly relevant to both SMEs and large multi-nationals because of today's increasingly mobile workforce, where highly sensitive corporate or personal data can be lost through laptop theft, internal security breaches or external hacking. This has been highlighted by the large number of recent, high profile data losses and laptop thefts.

SD Key has a number of advanced hardware and software features that make it one of the most secure and advanced portable data and email encryption devices available on the market. Based around a bespoke USB design, SD Key hardware design is robust, tamperproof with a two factor authentication pass phrase and ten unique serial numbers for additional security. The encryption device also offers users nine choices of encryption algorithm and either 128 or 256 bit encryption.

SD Key is designed to be easy to use and can be applied to the entire contents of My Documents, individual files or folders. The secure device ensures that folders and files cannot be opened or encrypted without the physical USB token being present. Featuring a 'My Vault' facility, users can simply drag and drop all relevant files and folders into the Vault. The system then deletes all original states of the file and keeps only the encrypted version. Data also can then be backed-up to any other media in the encrypted format. A particular benefit of the system is that it doesn't encrypt the operating system, so that the operator can't accidentally drag and drop their C drive into the Vault.

SD Key is designed to work fully within the Microsoft environment from Windows (Versions 2000 to Vista) and Email client files (Outlook 2003 and later). Emails can be encrypted and stored in folders from any version of Outlook. SD Key also offers Secure Communications functionality, so that email and attachments can be fully encrypted and shared with fellow SD key users. Only the intended recipient with their own SD Key tool with the properly pre-selected encryption protocols will be able to then open and read the sent email.

The system is fully web-integrated so that product updates are simply downloaded when the user logs on. It features a fast, safe and secure data recovery process. For instance, lost keys, once reported, are immediately blacklisted, will not be able to work on the system or unlock the data of the replacement key. A centralised database means that lost keys can be replaced quickly and safely, anywhere in the world. This is a particular system feature that most rival USB-based encryption solutions don't offer.

Data recovery is also simple and straightforward and can be achieved either online or offline. The online method means that users, that have registered their token, can simply download a recovery patch file from their account in less than two minutes. Offline recovery is done creating an emergency rescue file beforehand.

SD Key has been invented, developed and implemented in South Africa. The solution is distributed and supported in the UK and Scandinavia by ELF Dimensions Limited, based in Guildford, Surrey.

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