Infosec: Imation has announced the extended availability of its encrypted PC-on-a-USB-key StealthZone product, bringing it to enterprise customers for the first time.
SteathZone USB keys allow users to boot in to secure Windows 7 environment from the dongle, using any Windows PC, providing firms with a means of securing data in use by mobile workers.
The system was initially only available to government organisations, but Imation has secured an agreement with Microsoft to extend it to enterprise users, Nick Banks, European head of mobile security at Imation, told V3.
“For employees, it's just like having their work computer in their pocket. But for the business, it provides peace of mind that their data is secure and not at risk from malware,” he said.
Users can plug their StealthZone USB key into a malware-riddled home computer and still work perfectly safely, claimed Banks.
Firms can either choose to build VPN connectivity in to the USB-housed operating system, so that all data gets stored behind the corporate firewall, or encrypt data stored on the USB key.
Firms also have the choice of using either password protection or adding biometric authentication too.
StealthZone could help alleviate the security concerns associated with the bring your own device trend, said Banks.
"It becomes a case of use your own device - but in a secure way," he added.
However, because of the licensing deal struck with Microsoft, firms cannot use any spare Windows 7 licences they hold.
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