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Windows Embedded Operates Secure Pocket Drive

Spyrus : 03 February, 2010  (New Product)
USB encrypted device from Spyrus pre-loaded with Windows Embedded offers secure computing for travelling employees
Spyrus has announced the Secure Pocket Drive, a new class of USB encryption device pre-loaded with the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 2009 operating system. Secure Pocket Drive turns a commodity microSD card into a militarized security device. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 delivers the power, familiarity, and reliability of the Windows operating system in a componentized form, enabling mobile workers in the public sector around the world to plug the Secure Pocket Drive into untrusted home computers, kiosks, and public computers. The host PC supplies only the keyboard, mouse, display, and a minimum of 512MB of RAM. The host PC's hard drive is not even used, preventing data contamination or leakage. Trusted Mobility in a pocket has arrived.

"Microsoft is excited to work with Spyrus and help organizations in the public sector meet customer requests from around the world," said Ashwin Kulkarni, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. "Making use of Windows Embedded Standard 2009, Spyrus' high-assurance Secure Pocket Drive provides end users with secure access to vital information when and where they need it."

Spyrus developed its first hardware-based pre-boot authentication system for Windows over 10 years ago. Secure Pocket Drive builds on this system, using advanced hardware security techniques to provide the most secure, trusted operating environment for the mobile user, with nothing left behind after the drive is removed. Secure Pocket Drive uses a patented solution that includes a secure boot loader to authenticate and check the integrity of the device using on-board hardware security, and it will not boot the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 operating system if the device has been tampered with. After pre-boot authentication, Secure Pocket Drive loads the componentized Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and allows access to the user's applications and data files. End users can safely and securely perform multiple functions, including network/internet browsing and scheduling in the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 environment. Because everything is running directly from the Secure Pocket Drive, using untrusted and potentially malware-infected computers is not an issue.

The Secure Pocket Drive uses FIPS 140-2 Level 3 tamper-resistant epoxy potting with built-in anti-tamper and self-destruct mechanisms to protect against unauthorized access to the device and data. The protected sectors of the device's memory, the Windows Embedded Standard 2009, and all data and application files are encrypted with advanced, hardware-based XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, fully compliant with the newly approved NIST SB800-38E security standard. Finally, Suite B On Board hardware security (ECDSA P-384, EC-DH, AES-256, SHA-384) supports the full set of Suite B cryptographic algorithms for all security services.

Secure Pocket Drive can be customized to meet enterprise-specific requirements. Spyrus is able to deliver unprecedented scalable, flexible solutions for portable data security for the remote or traveling user. Secure Pocket Drive will be available pre-configured with 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB microSD cards.

"Spyrus has been working with Microsoft Windows Embedded for our secure USB security device for several years," said Tom Dickens, Chief Operating Officer for Spyrus. "All security for the Secure Pocket Drive is designed, developed, and manufactured in the USA, mitigating risks from untrusted parts entering the supply chain, a problem of increasing concern to governments worldwide. The Secure Pocket Drive brings Security to the Edge for a Windows Embedded Standard 2009-based operating environment that is securely protected, self-contained, and portable, making it the only truly secure Trusted Mobility solution to meet the growing demands for protection in cyberspace."


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