DHS strikes deal to improve USB drive security
The Homeland Security Department, in an effort to gain better control over its portable devices, has approved a line of secure USB drives for purchase by its component agencies. In an audit of portable device security policy last June DHS’ inspector general concluded that its component agencies were not adhering to policies regarding their inventory of USB thumb drives.
In an effort to unify its components in following policy, DHS has awarded a three-year blanket purchase agreement to Promark Technology, distributors of the Kanguru Defender Elite secure USB drives. The Defender Elite’s encryption model is FIPS 140-2 certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, so it meets DHS requirements for handling sensitive information. Its onboard antivirus, tamper-resistant design and remote management capabilities make it a good choice for use in secure environments.
The agreement approves for purchase hardware-encrypted models of the Kanguru USB drive ranging from 2G to 64 G in capacity. DHS also has approved Kanguru Remote Management Console Enterprise Edition 5.0 and other Kanguru management software for purchase.
The software lets admins track and manage the USB drives anywhere in the world, letting them set password changes, enforce strong password rules, restrict IP addresses, set permissions and disable or delete lost or stolen devices.
Posted by Greg Crowe on Apr 01, 2013 at 9:39 AM