Lockheed Martin unleashes the IronClad secure USB drive for PCs

IronClad USB drive

Here’s an innovative USB drive that should hold the attention of prosumers who are always on the move. Lockheed Martin introduces the IronClad USB flash drive for secure computing. Modeled to keep desktop and data for telecommuters as well as on-the-go workforce secure, users literally get a ‘PC on a Stick’.

On a secure flash drive, users can now look forward to having the entire laptop being shrunk. Right from the operating system to software applications and files, the novel drive secures them all. The drive allows users on the move to plug it into any computer or laptop to instantly gain secure access to personal desktop and files.

Equipped with the IronClad technology that runs the operating system straight of the flash drive, the drive ensures users never have to touch the hard drive of the computer it is being inserted into. Offering hardware-level protection, each IronClad device is known to be fully encrypted and should safeguard against malware threats counting rootkits that may be undetectable.

“Imagine leaving the office at the end of the day and, instead of slinging a laptop bag on your shoulder, you tuck a flash drive the size of a stick of gum in your pocket,” mentioned Charles Croom, Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of Cyber Security Solutions. “With IronClad drives, employees who need to work at home or on travel, or field operatives who deploy around the country or around the globe, can carry not just their files but their entire computer on a three-inch USB drive. We’ve built a smart network around each drive, so IT managers have round-the-clock control of and visibility into the status and security of every device.”

Steve Ryan, senior vice president at IronKey added, “USB storage devices are rendered relatively useless without the proper authentication and security precautions in place. IronKey is a security company first and foremost, and IronClad drives leverage IronKey’s highly secure architecture design. We are very pleased to be working with Lockheed Martin to deliver this trusted, secure product with hardware-only password checking, secure virtual desktop and remote management capabilities.”

An advanced integration of hardware, software, and network levels, the IronClad device is built on IronKey’s proven secure USB drives and comprises of at least 8GB of 256-bit encrypted storage. Its metal casing is rugged, water- and shock-resistant. Encompassed with a patent pending custom LockHeed Martin technology mobile computing software, it is also built-in with advanced virus protection. In addition to this, the drive also offers network-wide management and functions as a node on a centrally-managed network.

The IronClad technology is slated to be demoed at the 13th Annual Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Kickoff Technology Policy Exhibition, on January 26, 2010. IronClad drives and enterprise management software are available directly from Lockheed Martin and should soon be available through Lockheed Martin’s GSA schedule purchasing vehicle. The price of the drive is under wraps.

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