SPYRUS Introduces Hydra PC USB Encryption Drives With McAfee Antivirus Technology

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<strong>San Jose, Calif. &mdash; Feb. 23</strong><br />SPYRUS Inc. announced Hydra PC Virus Protected (ViP) USB encryption drives incorporating antivirus protection from McAfee Scan Engine technology. Combining McAfee antivirus scanning with SPYRUS hardware-based file encryption provides a USB drive solution the company says is powerful enough to protect host computers, peripheral flash drives and removable memory media from viruses, malware, spyware and adware.<br /><br />Hydra PC USB encryption drives with McAfee antivirus security provides on-demand and on-access identification and detection of malware and viruses, SPYRUS said. Hydra PC encryption drives aim to guard the integrity of the encrypted data and create a secure channel to preclude key-logger and piggyback intercept attacks from &ldquo;spoofing&rdquo; the Hydra PC drive, SPYRUS said.<br /><br />The enforcement data, licensing data and the data limiting the use of the software to the specific set of terms are cryptographically bound to both the scan engine and the Hydra PC USB drive using a licensing attribute certificate and military-grade Suite B encryption.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are pleased to work with SPYRUS to help further protect our customers in the federal government and enterprise sectors,&rdquo; said David Scholtz, senior vice president of Strategic Alliance and OEM sales at McAfee. &ldquo;McAfee&rsquo;s antivirus technology, integrated with SPYRUS file encryption, keeps critical information protected from the most powerful tools employed by hackers.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hydra PC products aim to scan for viruses, encrypt and digitally sign each file, maintain absolute data integrity and create audit logs. Hydra PC encrypting drives are designed to protect classified data with the strength of FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security. They offer the full set of Suite B cryptographic algorithms, including 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit AES encryption, and public key algorithms based on elliptic curve cryptography.<br /><br />SPYRUS said its enterprise security management software enables IT administrators to centrally manage and configure Hydra PC ViP antivirus policies to automatically update McAfee virus definition libraries (DATs) upon network or Internet connection to the enterprise server, select the update source from private internal or public network servers and block data transfers or warn the user if DATs are not updated for a policy-designated period of time. Policies offer administrative antivirus options for event logging, file repair and file blocking or deletion.<br /><br />&ldquo;Hydra PC was specifically designed to protect DoD data and is the only hardware device approved under the U.S. DoD ESI/GSA SmartBUY Data At Rest program for safe use in DoD and civilian networks,&rdquo; said Tom Dickens, chief operating officer of SPYRUS. &ldquo;McAfee&rsquo;s leadership positions as a security advisor to the federal government and antivirus technology supplier to military and enterprise customers worldwide made our partnership decision easy. Combining our proven Hydra PC product line, the world&rsquo;s strongest and most powerful hardware-based USB encryption devices, with the McAfee antivirus technology provides the most secure solution to our customers.&rdquo;<br />

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