SanDisk and Verbatim have both released details of new USB ‘thumb’ drives with high levels of security protection.


February 6, 2007: SanDisk and Verbatim have both released details of new USB ‘thumb’ drives with high levels of security protection.
SanDisk’s new TrustWatch integrated suite of security applications can add business-level security to off-the-shelf USB flash drives. TrustWatch is built around a secure network appliance and a management console, through which IT administrators can easily configure and deploy secured USB flash drives (UFDs), while preventing information from being copied to unapproved devices. The TrustWatch solution allows the IT department to select from SanDisk’s line of standard flash drives for issue to employees. TrustWatch also supports stealth Web browsing and Microsoft Outlook file synchronisation plus dual-factor authentication. It also works with many endpoint protection solutions, enabling management of USB ports to lock out unauthorised devices from the enterprise network.
UFDs centrally managed by the TrustWatch suite can securely store work-related information, and support remote access to email and other applications. On the road, employees can use a TrustWatch device on a borrowed PC without leaving any trace of their activity on that PC. If the UFDs are lost or stolen, their data can be remotely destroyed. SanDisk is also offering mTrust, which provides an enhanced level of security with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, enabling strong two-factor authentication on custom UFDs and mToken smart card-based products supplied by SanDisk. More information can be found online at
Verbatim Australia’s new Store ‘n’ Go Corporate Secure USB Flash Drives are designed to protect data contents with mandatory security features. They include hardware-based AES data encryption and anti-tamper password entry protection. Unlike most USB drives which have optional security measures that are only used at the user’s discretion, the use of the hardened security features on Verbatim’s Store ‘n’ Go Corporate Secure USB Drives is mandatory.
All stored data is encrypted and the hack-resistant password entry system protects data from unauthorised access, even if the drive is lost or stolen. Password protection is increased by a SHA-1 hashing algorithm which ensures that the password in raw form is not stored in the drive’s memory and cannot be “lifted” from the device or the computer’s memory. To protect stored data from dictionary or brute force hack attempts, the Store ‘n’ Go drive enters lock-down mode and securely erases all data after ten consecutive failed login attempts.
The new drives also offer fast data transfer speeds, with a maximum write speed of up to14MB/sec and a maximum Read speed of 23MB/sec. Store ‘n’ Go Corporate Secure USB Drives are available immediately through authorised Verbatim resellers nationally and are compatible with Windows XP, 2000 SP4 and Microsoft Server 2003 operating systems. RRP for the 1GB model is $67.95 (part number 95399). 2GB and 4GB models will also be available in the near future. The complete package includes a breakaway safety lanyard, personal identification labels and a Quick Start Guide. All Store ‘n’ Go USB Drives are backed by Verbatim’s limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit