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Encryption/Protection for USB storage media
From: j2mccluggage at adelphia.net (Jody & Jennifer McCluggage)
Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 09:57:19 -0400


I use the Ironkey.  Since it is done at the hardware level, it is one of the
few solutions that I have seen that ensures the data is encrypted (no
messing around with setting up encrypted partitions inside the key).  Also
since it is hardware based it can be used on machines where the user does
not have local administrator rights (Truecrypt - at least the last time I
evaluated it - requires usb drive users to have administrator rights on the
machine to mount the encrypted volume). It works on XP, Vista, MAC, and
Linux. It is very easy for the end-user to use. Simply double click on the
executable (you can put a shortcut on the desktop to make easier), and the
password prompt will appear (if autorun is on - which it should not be in a
secure environment! - the prompt will appear as soon as they insert the
key).  It is a bit on the pricey side though.

The upcoming Windows 7 has an interesting feature that you may also want to
look into (if you do not want to pay the premium for Ironkey). Bitlocker to
go.  It is supposed to extend Bitlocker encryption to removable devices.  It
is also supposed to have group policy extensions to enforce removable
devices to use it (or render them read-only if they don't).  I believe that
it will be readable on XP, Vista, and 7.  I don't know if the data will be
readable on non-Windows machines so it may not be an option for those users
that also use or need to access the data on non-Windows machines.  

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Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2009 8:04 AM
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Subject: [Pauldotcom] Encryption/Protection for USB storage media

Hello All;

Since its so common to loose an external hard drive or usb thumb drive I am
looking into a semi-simple solution for my executives that can allow them to
encrypt there usb storage media this way its a bit harder for someone once
its lost or stolen.

I have tried installing truecrypt on there usb device then create the secure
volume with the extra space,however since the installation directory and
password authentication all occurs on the same usb device is it possible to
recover parts or the entire  password from the device once its in the
attackers hands?

What are others using?

Thank you,
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