SanDisk has introduced Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition, a USB flash drive with security certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the USA through its Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) programme.
Many government agencies require FIPS certification for portable storage devices, as do some private sector companies in highly regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare.
Said to be based on SanDisk’s secure Cruzer Enterprise flash drive, the Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition has additional data protection features, including:
- A software self-test routine that automatically runs whenever the drive is powered up, to verify that the drive’s cryptographic function is intact; and
- Physical protection for the drive’s internal security module to deter tampering, the company says.
SanDisk says that the Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition has received FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification, and has also received the equivalent certification from Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC). The certification indicates that Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition has met NIST standards for design of the cryptographic module, for the strength of encryption algorithms, and for resistance to physical intrusion.
"Flash drives are a convenient and cost-effective way for IT managers to help their workforces to become more mobile and more productive, but only if the drives offer the appropriate level of security," says Doron Peri, product marketing manager for the Cruzer Enterprise product line in SanDisk’s enterprise division.