SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise: Secure Enough For Government Use

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News Posted: Wed, Aug 19 2009 12:06 AM
Remember all that hoopla surrounding President Obama's use of astandard BlackBerry? Surely you recall just how crazy our government iswhen it comes to security, so we're not shocked in the least to hearthat SanDisk is caving to those strict requests in order to get itsCruzer flash drive certified for use by government employees.

The Cruzer itself has been around in various forms for years now, butthe Cruzer Enterprise has just now notched enhancements that enable itto meet the wild requirements of functioning within the government. TheCruzer Enterprise design was independently tested and certified underMilitary Standard 810-F environmental standards in addition to beingsuitable for use by the visually-impaired under Section 508requirements. The USB flash drives feature industry-leadingcryptographic modules and encryption algorithms, durable waterproofdesign, and are fully compliant with Trade Agreements Act (TAA)requirements for purposes of U.S. Government procurements. In addition,the Cruzer Enterprise line of flash drives is listed for CommonCriteria certification, which it is expected to receive next month.

So yeah, not only can these things survive drops, resist water andbrush off attempts from hackers to break in and snag mission criticaldata. If it's good enough for Obama and Company, it's probably good enough foryou--right?

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Kiristo replied on Wed, Aug 19 2009 6:31 AM

That's great, except the DoD doesn't allow the use of any flash/removable storage at this time. You have to get a waiver to use any type of removable USB device, so this changes nothing. I will give the government one thing, the biggest cause of problems is user ignorance, and the ban of removable devices shores up the security of our networks. Still a pain in the ass though, especially if you are not one of the ignorant ones who have viruses aplenty on their home pc's that they bring in to share at work unknowingly.

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