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SPYRUS Introduces Hydra PCT Virus-Protected (ViP) Encrypting USB Drives With On-Board Antivirus Scanning

Hydra PC ViP protects the Hydra PC Personal Encryption Device, Enterprise Edition and Digital Attach from spreading any known virus or malware, including viruses spread by autorun files
San Jose, CA " February 3, 2009 " SPYRUS, Inc. today announced the Hydra PC ViP product family with on-board virus protection. Hydra PC ViP with the Hydra PC Sentry A-V antivirus scanning application completely protects the Hydra PC Personal Encryption Device, Enterprise Edition and Digital Attach from spreading any known virus or malware, including viruses spread by autorun files. In addition to the inherent immunity of Hydra PC USB encrypting drives to autorun malware, SPYRUS now provides the world's most powerful USB drive solution to protect host computers, peripheral flash drives and removable memory media from infected files and malware.

Autorun malware introduced into networks from USB storage drives recently caused the U.S. military to ban the use of portable USB drives and other peripheral storage drives, severely impacting operational and tactical missions. Hydra PC ViP is uniquely positioned to solve this problem. The Hydra PC ViP incorporates an independent virus scanning application that augments existing host-based antivirus solutions and enhances the hardware file encryption of the Hydra PC — the strongest encryption commercially available today. All files are sealed at file encryption to detect tampering attempts or file corruption when the file is decrypted. The SPRYUS file-by-file encryption process is significantly more secure than the sector-based encryption offered by competing USB encryption drives, which can leave files open to interception or virus infection when the drive is in use.

Hydra PC ViP USB encrypting drives offer automatic identification, detection and protection against both known and unknown threats from malware and viruses, which are inherent in almost all computer network environments. Superior to any other USB encrypting drive product, Hydra PC ViP with Hydra PC Sentry A-V scans each file for viruses prior to encryption, encrypts and digitally signs the file, returns it to the host with certainty of integrity and creates audit logs to provide a trusted virus-free and malware-free solution for file storage and communication. The signature validation process at the time of decryption absolutely ensures that any new malware in an encrypted file is detected and blocked from infecting a computer or network.

"Integrating the total power of the Hydra PC Sentry A-V virus-scanning application with the unique properties of SPYRUS military-grade hardware file encryption offers employees and their institutions far more than a sector-based encryption virus-protected USB flash drive solution," said Tom Dickens, Chief Operating Officer of SPYRUS. "We call the Hydra PC family 'Encryption Drives Plus,' because they surpass all competitive encryption flash drives to meet customer needs for securing removable storage media and preventing injection of malicious software."

The comprehensive SPYRUS antivirus data protection solution is essential to preventing data contamination between computers and networks or between home and office, caused by increasing use of portable USB flash drives in almost all customer environments.

Designed to protect a variety of military-grade data levels, Hydra PC is the only USB encrypting drive that offers the full set of Suite B cryptographic algorithms, including 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit AES encryption and public key algorithms based on elliptic curve technology. Hydra PC uniquely provides high-assurance data containment and advanced security techniques for secure data sharing with other designated Hydra PC users. Hydra PC is completely designed and manufactured in the U.S.A and is the only hardware device approved to meet the technical critical security requirements under the US DoD ESI/GSA SmartBUY Data At Rest (DAR) program for safe utilization within US DoD and civilian networks.

About SPYRUS SPYRUS, Inc., a Microsoft Managed ISV Partner, has pioneered portable security products and solutions for the information security market since its inception in 1992. Our primary product lines of LYNKS Hardware Security Modules, Rosetta Series II smart cards and USB security devices, Hydra Privacy Card' Series II encryption and mass storage, Talisman/DS' Data Security Suite, and identity management products (Signal Identity Manager and SPYRUS PKI) meet customer needs for high-assurance security. Our mission is to set the standard for the new era of multinational information sharing and long-term data protection. SPYRUS, Inc. is headquartered in San Jose, CA. See for further information.

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SPYRUS Media Contact: Dan Chmielewski Madison Alexander PR, Inc. 714-832-8716 949-231-2965 (cell phone) [email protected]