Gemalto Launches SG FIPS Secure USB Token Certified for U.S. Federal Government Employees

Gemalto Launches SG FIPS Secure USB Token Certified for U.S. Federal Government Employees

Arlington, VA, October 28, 2009–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification for its Smart Guardian (SG) FIPS smart card-based encrypted USB drive with personal identity verification (PIV) integrated authentication ability. This first of its kind secure storage device is a zero-footprint smart card protected flash drive that meets U.S. military 810-F environmental standard and is now available to secure the mobile data of U.S. government employees.

“It is critically important to protect data-at-rest with the same levels of security as you would for any classified information,” said Neville Pattinson, vice president of government affairs North America for Gemalto. “As government employees become increasingly mobile and USB removable media drives become more ubiquitous, protecting the sensitive data on these mobile devices needs to be a top priority. The SG FIPS solves this by providing data-at-rest protection for all government data on the device without impacting user productivity, while the PIV integration provides the convenience of only having to remember one PIN.”

Gemalto designed the SG FIPS encrypted USB drive to be extremely easy to use. Agencies have the option to strongly bind the SG FIPS to their employees government issued PIV credential granting access to the protected storage based upon a successful PIV authentication. Using this kind of two-factor authentication ensures that only the authorized PIV user has access to the data on the device. Any attempts to tamper with the device will result in destruction of the smart card crypto module rendering it useless to intruders.

Manufactured in the United States, the rugged and waterproof SG FIPS is plug-and-play on multiple operating systems including Windows™ and Mac OS™. It utilizes fast and reliable SLC USB flash memory, and ensures any data transferred to and from the device is safe through the built-in option to enable always-on McAfee anti-malware and anti-virus software.

SG FIPS is immediately available and can be purchased through a Gemalto authorized reseller partner.

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About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere–has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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Deb Montner
Montner & Associates
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