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SPYRUS® Secure Pocket Drive™ Wins Homeland Security Award

By October 10, 2010 April 15th, 2015 Press Release

San Jose, California – November 10, 2010 – SPYRUS received a Homeland Security Award from Government Security News (GSN) in Washington, D.C. The SPYRUS Secure Pocket Drive™, a patented, self-contained, bootable Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard operating environment on a high-security USB flash drive, was selected as the Best Endpoint Security Solution of 2010.

The award recognizes the outstanding people and companies who have introduced effective and cost-efficient security programs and innovative technologies that protect and defend the United States and its people. It is awarded by GSN, one of the leading news organizations focusing on government and homeland security.

Secure Pocket Drive is unique in that it does not rely on a virtual machine, a virtual workspace linked to a running host OS, or other solutions meant to work around the issues of putting Microsoft Windows onto a secure USB flash drive. Rather, it was designed to efficiently boot a native version of Windows Embedded Standard with strong cryptographic protection for the device, the operating system, and the user data.

Secure Pocket Drive is perfect for teleworking, Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC), continuity of operations (COOP), and everyday use by road warriors or war fighters. When booted on a host PC, Secure Pocket Drive disconnects the internal hard drive and all other storage. Personal and corporate software and information are completely isolated from each other, preventing accidental or intentional data leakage. Similarly, an infected PC cannot infect Secure Pocket Drive.

Secure Pocket Drive is available with Windows Embedded Standard 2009 (Windows XP) or Windows Embedded Standard 7 (Windows 7) pre-installed. Once provisioned within the organization, it is remotely managed and updated using the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Active Directory policy settings. The devices themselves are managed through the SPYRUS Enterprise Management System (SEMS), which allows remote disable or destruction of devices.

To watch videos of Secure Pocket Drive in action or for information on obtaining Secure Pocket Drive for immediate evaluation or purchase, see


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. To prevent the insertion of untrusted components, Secured by SPYRUS™™ security technology is proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3 standards. SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California. for more information.

Secure Pocket Drive is protected by U.S. Patents 7,757,100, 7,380,140, 6,088,802, and 6,981,149, with other patents pending. SPYRUS, the SPYRUS logo, Secured by SPYRUS, Hydra Privacy Card®, Hydra PC, 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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