CESG approves encrypted USB flash drive


CESG approves encrypted USB flash drive

Ian Grant

The government's technical security advisor CESG has formally approved MXI Security's Stealth M600 encrypted USB flash drive.

Now certified under the CESG's CAPS programme, the Stealth M600 includes the Bluefly portable security processor, which recently received US government FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation. Bluefly is a dedicated hardware security processor for USB devices to protect them against malware.

The UK government has permitted fines up to £500,000 for serious losses of personal data, such as the 27 million accounts lost by HM Revenue & Customs when two unencrypted CDs went missing.

CESG introduced CAPS to enable private sector companies to develop cryptographic products for UK government and other appropriate organisations.

According to the Ponemon Institute, more than 800,000 devices with sensitive data are lost or stolen each year, including USB drives, hard drives, laptops and mobile devices.

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