IronKey Announces Comprehensive Anti-Malware Initiative for USB Removable Media and Flash Drives

LOS ALTOS, Calif. , Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- IronKey, maker of the world's most secure flash drive, today announced a comprehensive initiative to protect portable and mobile media from viruses, worms, trojans, botnets, crimeware and other malware...


LOS ALTOS, Calif. , Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- IronKey, maker of the world's most secure flash drive, today announced a comprehensive initiative to protect portable and mobile media from viruses, worms, trojans, botnets, crimeware and other malware threats. Enterprises and government agencies have been under attack from targeted malicious software (malware) that is attempting to penetrate protected networks by bringing malware and crimeware into these networks. It installs malicious code into USB removable media when used on personal computers at home and while traveling, and then spreads into corporate and government networks when the device is used on those networks. With over 120 million USB flash drives purchased every year, this problem is significant and is growing exponentially as cyber criminals expand their activities.

IronKey devices are intelligent, secure storage devices with strong, two-factor authentication and on-board security co-processors. As security processor costs become more affordable, it is possible to embed increasingly sophisticated layers of protection inside portable devices to protect enterprise and government networks from media-borne malware and crimeware. This enables IronKey secure storage devices to provide the highest levels of anti-virus and anti-malware support in hardware. Hardware support for anti-malware provides an unbeatable layer of protection for mobile devices to prevent malware from spreading onto enterprise networks.

The IronKey Anti-Malware Initiative Includes the Following:

Always-on hardware encryption. IronKey USB flash drives encrypt all stored data with military grade AES CBC mode encryption without installing software or drivers. Malware cannot circumvent or disable the encryption of sensitive stored data, making this a safe repository for storing confidential information, intellectual property and protected personal information.

Malware-protected software and firmware updates. IronKey devices can be updated remotely via a secure update service. All firmware and software is validated by industry leading 2048-bit RSA digital signatures, preventing the installation of malicious software or firmware onto IronKey devices.

Secure manufacturing processes. Unlike many computer hardware products that are manufactured in offshore, uncontrolled factory environments, all IronKey devices are designed and manufactured in the USA , which dramatically reduces that risk of hostile factories implanting malware onto silicon or memory chips during the manufacturing process.

Secure provisioning and quality assurance processes. IronKey devices will not function without secure and digitally signed and verified firmware and software. These software and firmware images are developed, security scanned, anti-malware scanned, and digitally signed at IronKey premises in the USA . All IronKey devices are inoperable until they are loaded with verified and scanned software and firmware from IronKey headquarters. This provides a security validation that is unmatched in the industry, ensuring that IronKey devices have not been tampered with in the manufacturing or supply chain process.

Real-time anti-malware scanning. IronKey is integrating best-of-breed anti-malware scanning technology to prevent malware from untrusted computers from infecting IronKey secure storage devices, and then spreading into corporate and government networks. IronKey has numerous patent-pending technology innovations that leverage the power of the on-board crypto processor to enable anti-malware protection in the hardware on the IronKey device to protect data and networks without requiring the installation and operation of software or drivers on host computers.

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