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SCILock protects against persistent malware

Agencies looking for extra protection against persistent malware might want to consider a hardware-based solution called the SCILock Secure Drive, protects operating systems and other software from unauthorized changes.

SCILock, a product of the company CRU, replaces the standard hard drive in a computer system, adding a protective layer to the system against malware attacks. The SCILock Barrier protects system resources by physically shielding the operating system and applications. Unauthorized changes to the environment (and by extension, the network) cannot occur, preventing malware from taking hold and becoming persistent, according to officials at CRU, a physical data security firm.

Should an attack occur, SCILock can restore a system to its last known good configuration with a simple reboot.

The operating-system-agnostic SCILock requires no CPU, memory resources or special drivers and is free of ongoing licensing fees, the company said. It fits into standard 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive slots and is based on industry-standard SATA drive and interface protocols.

SCILock drives for workstations are currently available, with drives for laptops and small-form-factor PCs coming in the first quarter of 2016.

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