This USB drive will self-destruct

Thumb drive's security features target government, military users

IronKey Inc. this week introduced a secure USB thumb drive designed for sensitive government, military and enterprise users. The vendor's IronKey: Enterprise Special Edition drive is available in 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB configurations and features built-in hardware encryption for security of stored data.

Accessing data on the drive requires a password that is verified by hardware, and it features a self-destruct sequence that protects data if an unauthorized user tries to unlock or tamper with the device, according to IronKey, of Los Altos, Calif.

The Enterprise Special Edition drive also performs dynamic drive mapping to work in environments with network-mapped drives and it forgoes features, including Firefox, Secure Sessions, Secure Updates and the IronKey Password Manager, found on other IronKey drives that could compromise security or violate security requirements for secure installations.

For military use, the device has been tested for and passed the MIL-STD-810F military waterproof standards. It was also designed to resist being tampered with or disassembled by hackers, the vendor said.

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