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Secure USB Drive Comes To OS X

There are plenty of USB thumb drives with native encryption, such as IronKey, available -- if you're a PC user. Today, SanDisk announced its secure USB flash drive that supports OS X. It's about time.

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There are plenty of USB thumb drives with native encryption, such as IronKey, available -- if you're a PC user. Today, SanDisk announced its secure USB flash drive that supports OS X. It's about time.Lost USB drives with sensitive data have grown to become a significant problem, recently. And there really hasn't been a viable USB-drive for the Mac armed with native crypto. That changed today with the new SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise, which comes in 1-, 2-, 4-, and 8-GB versions, and works with OS X 10.4 AND 10.5. It has hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption.

Also, from SanDisk's release:

"Cruzer Enterprise in Mac OS X and Windows PC environments has the same features and data security -- even if used in both environments. The device can be initialized from either a Macintosh or Windows computer, where users can:

* Log in and shut down access to the encrypted storage area * Change and manage passwords * Change contact information, language and other preferences * Launch online support, view current firmware and drive information

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That makes it easier for security admins to manage the security of their flash drives, even in mixed OS environments.

According to IronKey's Web site, its Mac OS X encrypted personal USB flash drive is in beta.

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George V. Hulme, Contributing Writer

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An award winning writer and journalist, for more than 20 years George Hulme has written about business, technology, and IT security topics. He currently freelances for a wide range of publications, and is security blogger at InformationWeek.com.

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