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USB Encryption Devices From Spyrus Meet US Strategic Command Requirements

Spyrus : 23 February, 2010  (New Product)
Latest Requirement from US STRATCOM met by Spyrus for the supply of USB encryption devices
According to InsideDefense.com, on February 12, 2010, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) issued an "all-DOD message" allowing "the limited return to use of memory sticks and thumb drives in all DOD NIPRNET, SIPRNET and JWICS computers using Windows operating systems." The caveat is that the devices must be government "procured and owned," the command said.

Spyrus is pleased to announce that its Secured by Spyrus USB encryption devices can be ordered immediately by DoD, federal, state, local, and NATO organizations through Autonomic Resources, a US Small Business Administration Section 8(a) program participant, under DoD ESI/GSA SmartBUY Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) FA8771-07-A-0308.

The Secured by Spyrus USB encryption drives include the Hydra PC Personal Encryption Device, the Hydra PC Enterprise Edition, the Hydra PC Digital Attaché, and all Hydra PC ViP (virus protected) versions.

Spyrus is one of a handful of vendors of hardware encrypted secure storage that have been working with Joint Task Force - Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) to define and implement security that prevents malware from infecting removable storage devices and then migrating from devices onto networks.

John Keese, President for Autonomic Resources explained, "Our Federal customers have been significantly affected by the DoD ban on USB drives for over one year now. The restructuring of the current ban will be well received and appreciated by our customers."

According to the JTF-GNO, STRATCOM has taken steps to ensure that use of the devices does not pose an unacceptable threat. In a separate message summarizing the STRATCOM notice, the task force says it has issued "minimum requirements for limited use of removable flash media devices for mission-essential operations on all operating systems and networks with direct or indirect connections to the Global Information Grid."

Spyrus designed its hardware-based security to protect DoD and other sensitive data. Patented technologies for key management and key encryption operations shield cryptographic processing from electronic eavesdropping.

In 2008, the US National Security Agency approved the Hydra PC Personal Encryption Device from Spyrus as the first, and only, commercial USB encryption device to protect classified tactical data at the Secret level and below.

According to Tom Dickens, Chief Operating Officer for Spyrus, all Secured By Spyrus USB encryption devices are based on this same Hydra PC platform and meet or exceed DoD requirements, while many so-called "secure" USB drives fail to meet any of them.

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