Giesecke & Devrient Secure Flash Solutions Makes USB Sticks Safer Thanks to Encryption and Centralized Administration

Taipei, Munich - 12 April 2012

The loss of USB sticks can pose a big threat to corporate data security. With its SafeToGo product series, Giesecke & Devrient Secure Flash Solutions (G&D SFS) offers three encrypted USB sticks that ensure the integrity of the data stored on them. The USB sticks, which can be administered centrally, make it possible to implement a wide variety of security applications. G&D SFS is a joint venture of German security specialist Giesecke & Devrient and Taiwanese flash technology expert Phison.

The USB sticks automatically encrypt all data using a 256-bit AES algorithm and are protected with a strong password. If the wrong password is entered 20 times, the stick automatically deletes all the data stored on it. This rules out the possibility of brute force attacks, in which all theoretically possible combinations of characters in the encryption key are tried out. As both encryption and verification of the password take place in an integrated processor, it is impossible for attackers to manipulate the registration process. No software needs to be installed on the PC to which the USB is connected.

Since every company has its own security requirements, Giesecke & Devrient Secure Flash Solutions offers three different product variants. The SafeToGo stick is the basic product for storing encrypted data. SafeToGo FIPS, which meets the U.S. FIPS 140-2 Level 2 security standard, is aimed primarily at the American market. SafeToGo SMART, the third product in the range, has an integrated smart card that enables two-factor authentication across a range of security applications. With this product, G&D SFS is targeting companies that have stringent security requirements, yet still want to profit from a wide range of functions. The potential applications include, for example, e-mail encryption, secure VPN remote access to the corporate network, and secure user logon to PCs (two-factor authentication). The new solution offers greater flexibility compared with conventional smart cards: it can be used on any type of computer without the need to install an additional smart card reader.

Companies can retain an overview of their flash memories by deploying management software to administer the USB sticks from a central location. In this way, IT administrators can not only reset passwords remotely or roll out new password guidelines, they can also delete the data on lost sticks via the console. What is more, a backup function enables the deleted data to be restored to a new stick.

The SafeToGo USB sticks are available immediately from BlockMaster distributors around the world or direct from Giesecke & Devrient Secure Flash Solutions

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