Introduces Hardware Encryption to Help Secure Mobile Computing
San Jose, CA – October 22, 2012 – SPYRUS, one of the first companies to design, manufacture and market hardware encryption USB devices capable of booting Windows, today announced Secure Portable Workplace™ for Windows To Go. The device offers Secured by SPYRUS™™ patented hardware encryption and security-enhanced boot technologies in a USB 3.0 Windows To Go drive that runs Windows 8 at SSD speeds. Secure Portable Workplace creates an easy-to-use trusted mobile computing environment with the advantages of hardware enhanced security endpoint connections to the Internet or your cloud. It is excellent for Continuity of Operations, teleworking initiatives, traveling “road warriors” and shared PCs, and provides an enterprise-controlled environment for BYOD computers and contractors.
Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise from Microsoft Corp. that enables enterprises to provision a full corporate desktop on an external USB 3.0 drive, enabling users to boot and use their full corporate image on almost any PC. The proven strength of on-board military-grade hardware encryption enables Secure Portable Workplace to withstand the most sophisticated attacks from gaining access to information on the device. SPYRUS patented technology and extensive built-in self checks enforce on-the-fly integrity validation to help enable fast and secure boot-up and enhance the user experience without suffering the performance or vulnerability penalties incurred by other bootable products. Secure Portable Workplace was designed to meet strong FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification requirements and implements US Government-approved, next-generation cryptographic algorithms that help protect the device, the data, and the operating system.
Secure Portable Workplace uses the same on-board hardware encrypted infrastructure that is built into the SPYRUS Secure Pocket Drive™, including AES CBC, ECDH, ECDSA, ECC P-384, and SHA-384, which together make up the U.S. Government’s Suite B cryptography, part of its cryptographic modernization program. Sector-based full disk encryption is based on XTS-AES 256 encryption (NIST SP800-38E).
Secure Portable Workplace is also available in an unencrypted version, marketed as Portable Workplace. Both versions meet the performance requirements of Windows To Go certified drives. SPYRUS enterprise customers will have the flexibility to start with the unencrypted Portable Workplace and then upgrade to Secure Portable Workplace as their needs change. Both versions will be managed by the SPYRUS Enterprise Management System to allow authorized administrators to remotely disable and enable devices, reset passwords, and audit user actions. This will provide provisioning controls to help protect against data theft or loss.
“We’re excited to have SPYRUS as a Windows To Go go-to-market partner,” said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Marketing, Windows Enterprise, Microsoft Corp. “The combination of Windows To Go and Secure Portable Workplace advances trusted mobile computing and gives our customers a great user experience on a revolutionary platform.”
“SPYRUS has been working with Microsoft for several years, and Secure Portable Workplace is one of the first hardware encrypted bootable USB 3.0 platforms available for Windows To Go,” saidTom Dickens, COO of SPYRUS. “With the durability of SSD flash memory and the lightning-fast performance of USB 3.0 speeds, Secure Portable Workplace is a giant leap forward in security-enhanced mobile computing.”
About SPYRUS, Inc.
SPYRUS has had three years of tremendous success with strong demand in the public and private sectors for their bootable Secure Pocket Drive for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows XP. This technical and industry leadership, combined with security-enhanced features and performance, makes SPYRUS a great choice for a Windows To Go platform. Secured by SPYRUS™ security-enhanced 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. See www.spyrus.com for more information.
Secure Portable Workplace and Secure Pocket Drive are 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, Secure Portable Workplace, and Secure Pocket Drive 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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