SanDisk has unveiled the Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition, a USB flash drive which has been certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States through its Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) program.
The new Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition has received FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification. Also it has achieved an equivalent certification from Canada’s CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada). Such certification means that the flash drive has met NIST standards for design of the cryptographic module, for the strength of encryption algorithms, and for resistance to physical intrusion.
The Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition boasts data protection features such as a software self-test routine that automatically runs whenever the drive is powered up, to verify the drive’s cryptographic function is intact and offers physical protection for the drive’s internal security module to deter tampering.
Moreover, the drive also features mandatory password-protection and hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption for all files stored on the drive. To make it safer, SanDisk has added an encryption keys that never leaves the drive
Plug and Play functionality, reading speed of 24 megabytes (MB) per second and writing speed of 20 MB/sec are other features of the Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition. However, users will have to install a supporting software on the host machine.
“Flash drives are a convenient and cost-effective way for IT managers to help their workforces become more mobile and more productive, but only if the drives offer the appropriate level of security,” said Doron Peri, Product Marketing Manager for the Cruzer Enterprise product line in SanDisk’s Enterprise Division. “With Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition, SanDisk can now meet the needs of organizations demanding the highest level of data protection.”
The Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition is now available for order in four different capacities namely 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB for $87, $144, $217 and $385 respectively.