SanDisk Cruzer Meets Tough Federal Standards

Posted by at 10:09 am on August 18, 2009

SanDisk Corporation has announced that its SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise secure USB flash drives are now enhanced to meet the unique requirements of government employees. The Cruzer Enterprise design was independently tested and certified under Military Standard 810-F environmental standards in addition to being suitable for use by the visually-impaired under Section 508 requirements. Cruzer Enterprise drives feature industry-leading cryptographic modules and encryption algorithms, durable waterproof design, and are fully compliant with Trade Agreements Act (TAA) requirements for purposes of U.S. Government procurements. In addition, the Cruzer Enterprise line of flash drives is listed for Common Criteria certification, which it is expected to receive next month.

Military Standard 810-F Design and Waterproof:

The federal government requires that IT devices meet certain design standards in order to prevent the loss of critical information if the host drive is ever exposed to liquid. This feature is particularly important for military and health care settings, which often involve sensitive information as well as an increased risk of exposure for the storage drive. SanDisk’s line of Cruzer Enterprise flash drives passed an environmental test conducted by an independent laboratory, and was certified as meeting Military Standard 810-F 506.4 and 512.4 when submitted to immersion and rainy conditions using fresh water.

Section 508 Compliance:

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The law was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to provide new opportunities for people with disabilities as well as to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.

SanDisk reconfigured the Cruzer Enterprise’s graphical user interface (GUI) to increase accessibility for visually-impaired users. The encrypted USB drives are now compatible with certain assistive technologies such as screen reader software that recreates the Cruzer Enterprise’s GUI through text-to-speech representation or via a Braille output device.

“SanDisk has upgraded the Cruzer Enterprise product line to meet the needs of a much broader range of users,” said Yariv Fishman, director of product marketing, enterprise solutions, SanDisk. “By reconfiguring the USB drive’s GUI, we increased the accessibility of important information technology to the visually-impaired. Additionally, the drive’s waterproof design is a perfect fit for health care professionals, soldiers and anyone else who needs to safeguard their critical data from harmful contact with liquid.”

To further meet the federal government’s need for secure storage, SanDisk intends to implement Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) functionality on its Cruzer Enterprise flash drives in accordance with Department of Defense and FIPS 201 standards. Smart cards are issued as a standard form of identification for active-duty military personnel, National Guard members, government employees and contractors.

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