SPYRUS Announces Mac and Linux Support For High Assurance Encrypting Flash Drives

Secured By SPYRUS technology implements the cryptographic base approved by the United States DoD to protect both unclassified information and most classified information

July 29, 2010

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San Jose, California July 27, 2010 SPYRUS today announced that the same high assurance USB flash drive security designed into their Microsoft' Windows compatible devices is now available to Mac and Linux users.

As a member of the Hydra Privacy Card family, this new OEM-only USB flash drive implements advanced hardware security techniques to provide the most secure use-anywhere USB flash drive available today. Every sector of the devices memory is protected with the advanced, hardware-based XTS-AES 256-bit encryption recommended by IEEE 1669 and referenced by the NIST SP800-38E standard for full disk encryption.

This new SPYRUS sector-based media encryption device uses the same Rosetta Micro FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated hardware security module built into the entire SPYRUS Hydra Privacy Card family. The device implements XTS-AES 256, AES CBC, ECDH P-384, ECDSA P-384, and SHA-384, which together make up the National Security Agencys Suite B cryptography.

The devices packaging is designed to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3 specifications for tamper-resistant epoxy potting with built-in anti-tamper and self-destruct mechanisms, thus protecting the device against unauthorized access to the device and data.

Unlike competing use-anywhere encrypting USB flash drives, SPYRUS does not offer to store a copy of your password nor backup the data on your drive to a system on the Internet, where your confidential information could be at risk to hackers.

The device also can be used with the SPYRUS Secure Pocket Drive, the first secure, native, and licensed Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard OS on an encrypting USB flash drive. When used in this manner, it can provide two-person control of information transfer between disparate systems. With the addition of a SPYRUS Hydra Privacy Card Digital Attach encrypting storage device, three-person control can be implemented to allow the secure exchange of information between multiple Microsoft Windows systems.

SPYRUS will be demonstrating their high assurance devices in booth 1944 at LandWarNet in Tampa Florida from August 35, 2010.

For more information about SPYRUS encrypting USB flash drives, please visit http://www.spyrus.com/products/hydrapc_expanded.asp. For information about licensing opportunities for this high assurance encrypting USB flash drive, please contact SPYRUS at [email protected].

About SPYRUS, Inc.

SPYRUS holds patents in the U.S. and abroad that enable solutions for secure authentication, secure communication, and full disk encryption, as well as patents relating to data protection and rights management for digital content. Secured by SPYRUS security technology is designed, developed, and manufactured in the USA to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3 standards. SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California. See www.spyrus.com for more information.

Hydra Privacy Card devices and Secure Pocket Drive are protected by U.S. Patents 7,757,100, 7,380,140, 6,088,802, 6,981,149, with other patents pending. SPYRUS, the SPYRUS logo, Secured by SPYRUS, Hydra Privacy Card, Hydra PC, Digital Attach, Secure Pocket Drive, and Security to the Edge are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SPYRUS, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions. All other company, organization, and product names are trademarks of their respective organizations.

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