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SanDisk seeks EAL2 certification for USB flash drive

SanDisk : 16 January, 2009  (New Product)
Independent testing stage entered to achieve key certification for secure USB flash drive in bid for Australian Government contract
SanDisk has been selected for evaluation of its Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition secure USB flash drive for Common Criteria EAL2 certification under the data protection schedule of the Defence Signals Directorate, Australian Government Department of Defence. After the completion of independent testing and evaluation by stratsec, an approved Common Criteria laboratory, SanDisk's Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition secure USB drive is now believed to be in condition for an award of Common Criteria EAL 2 certification.

The Common Criteria is an internationally recognised ISO standard (ISO/IEC 15408) used by governments and other organisations to assess the security and assurance of technology products. Common Criteria is an important worldwide evaluation standard for security products as its certifications are recognized in 26 countries around the world.

'Common criteria certification will validate the Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition secure USB flash drives as an important aspect of an organisation's overall security strategy, while providing potential customers with assurance that it meets the rigorous security requirements put forth by the international community," said David Matot, product manager, SanDisk Enterprise. "In order to meet the unique needs of government agencies, SanDisk has commenced testing of its secure USB flash drives, to ensure it meets requirements for stringent EAL2 certification."

SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition is designed to meet the security requirements of government agencies and financial institutions, featuring FIPS 140-2 level 2 certification for encryption, a standard set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The encrypted flash drive imposes mandatory access control on all files, which are stored in a secure partition that implements 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption. CMC, the enterprise data management software adds a higher level of control to Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition by centrally managing the drive's complete lifecycle, from initial user-deployment, through usage audit and reporting, password administration and data backup, to drive termination if lost or stolen.

SanDisk Enterprise is a leader in providing innovative, secure USB flash drives and management solutions for the mobile workforce in enterprises and government agencies. SanDisk's enterprise solutions allow IT managers to extend the enterprise security perimeter to mobile storage and boost employees' productivity.

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