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Encrypted USB stick – SafeStick – ensures your data is secured

20/10/2011

Ely, England, 20 October 2011 – IT Governance Ltd, the one stop-shop for information security and data protection compliance products, has announced that the CESG-approved SafeStick is now available on the company’s website for immediate dispatch. The SafeStick is an enterprise-level secure USB with encryption hardware. It is the preferred government and enterprise USB stick, and the one chosen by the UK's National Health Service (NHS), with over 1 million already in use.

In the light of a spate of data protection incidents involving public sector organisations in 2011, the SafeStick makes it easier for organisations to ensure that their confidential data is protected. The Information Commissioner’s Office is very clear upon the storage and handling of data: all personal information must be encrypted. However, the loss and theft of unencrypted data has been at the centre of many recent data breaches.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, comments, “Non-secure devices should be blocked altogether. Any company that doesn’t do this is in risks of a data breach and can suffer heavy fines as a result. An enterprise-level secure USB stick, such as the SafeStick, by default, should be the only USB stick used within any organisation”.

The SafeStick, with AES 256 bit hardware encryption, includes lockdown protection and remote wipe, so confidential data will never be exposed. Moreover, any personal information saved on it is protected, as required by the DPA.

The encryption function of the SafeStick is also in line with the ISO27001 control A.10.7.1. It specifically deals with management of removable media, and any organisation implementing this control must (amongst other things) use encrypted memory sticks.

Organisations can order the SafeStick  online here: www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3641. Bulk volumes can be purchased directly from the friendly and helpful IT Governance service centre team on telephone number +44 (0)845 070 1750. Larger organisations can make purchases with a purchase order either by telephone, or by e-mail to servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk.