UK firm ExactTrak has launched a USB Flash drive with built-in GSM and GPS capabilities, allowing users to locate the device and remotely disable them if lost or stolen.
Aimed at large organisations, the device enables customers to bring USB storage under the control of corporate security policies, and provide an audit trail to demonstrate data stored on them has not been exposed.
Available immediately, the Security Guardian is touted by the firm as the only commercially shipping USB stick that allows users to completely delete data remotely.
The firm said it expects the device to appeal to customers whose workers carry around highly sensitive data, such as financial services and public sector bodies as well as large enterprises.
Security Guardian evolved from a project to provide the UK Home Office with a system for tracking laptops used by staff, ExactTrak managing director Norman Shaw told V3.
"The Home Office told us that it is their data that is important, so why not come up with a way of tracking that instead of the hardware, and that's what we've done," he said.
Security Guardian is available in versions with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, and uses its GSM radio to link up to a cloud-based management service operated by ExactTrak and hosted in Fujitsu's Global Cloud Platform.
This enables lost or stolen devices to be disabled or have their data wiped, whether or not anyone finds them and connects them to a computer.
An audit trail also allows companies to demonstrate compliance with regulations governing sensitive data, and was designed in in partnership with the Information Commissioner's Office, according to ExactTrak.
"If a device is lost, you can point to the log and show that the data was encrypted, you disabled the device, and so no sensitive data has been leaked," said Shaw.
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