SPYRUS Announces USB Encryption Drive Defense

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<strong>San Jose, Calif. &mdash; Jan. 14</strong><br />SPYRUS Inc. announced the Hydra Privacy Card (Hydra PC) family of USB-encrypting devices is immune from USB autorun malware attacks. Hydra PC protects critical information networks of the U.S. Department of Defense (US DoD) and other government agencies from malicious attacks that spread malware through autorun files on peripheral USB drives. <br /><br />Hydra PC models protect against malware by digitally signing every file and prohibiting autorun files from launching. Designed for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security validation, Hydra PC devices implement hardware-based encryption technology to protect host computers, peripheral flash drives and removable memory media.<br /><br />Many government agencies, including the U.S. DoD, completely ban the use of USB flash drives on their networks because of the widespread threats from the &ldquo;agent.btz&rdquo; virus. This virus spreads when USB flash drives are moved from one computer to another. Military and other critical operations were so crippled by this virus that the president was briefed on the issue.<br /><br />Hydra PC virus and malware protection is impenetrable, SPYRUS said, because its filed-based encryption is inherently resistant to malware attacks and transporting malware. In addition, its file-based encryption process hashes both the plaintext and encrypted (ciphertext) versions of each file during the encryption process. Both hashes are then validated in hardware to ensure file integrity in storage, whether the file is stored on the flash memory within the Hydra PC, externally on the computer&rsquo;s hard drive or on a file server.<br /><br />Hydra PC protects stored data against both malware and accidental modification of encrypted information, even when data is stored outside of the Hydra PC. This protection is especially important for medical records and prescriptions, financial data and other critical data in storage and in transit, the company said. <br /><br />&ldquo;SPYRUS has delivered hundreds of thousands of portable hardware encryption products to the Department of Defense, federal and state governments and enterprise customers over the past 15 years,&rdquo; said Tom Dickens, chief operating officer of SPYRUS. &ldquo;Our customers have come to rely on our U.S.-designed, developed and manufactured security solutions. The Hydra PC immunity to USB autorun malware attacks is the latest example of how our high strength security implementations protect data.&rdquo;<br />

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