SPYRUS(R) Secure Pocket Drive Meets New FFIEC Guidelines for Layered Security

Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:30am EDT

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  SAN JOSE, CA, Jul 11 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
The multiple award-winning Secure Pocket Drive from SPYRUS has emerged as
the "gold standard" of pocket-size security devices to help financial
institutions meet the new online banking security guidelines from the
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). Secure Pocket
Drive also meets NACHA and FBI recommendations for safe online banking by
providing a dedicated, isolated, and secure computing environment. 

    Banks must adopt a layered approach to security in order to combat highly
sophisticated cyber-attacks, the FFIEC said in a supplement released June
28. The new rules update the 2005 "Authentication in an Internet Banking
Environment" guidance to reflect new security measures banks need to fend
off increasingly sophisticated attacks.

    One of the layered security controls recognized by the guidance to help
prevent fraud is the use of USB devices "that increase session security
when plugged into the customer's PC." Unlike competing solutions that
increase the attack surface by adding virtualization and sandboxing
software, Secure Pocket Drive boots the PC directly into a fast, native,
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system contained within
the drive itself. Since the Microsoft Windows operating system running
from Secure Pocket Drive doesn't access the host PC's hard drive, there
is no chance of cross-contamination with the environment that is used
every day. Thus, Secure Pocket Drive "enables a secure link between the
customer's PC and the financial institution independent of the PC's
operating system and application software," as recommended by the FFIEC.

    Because Secure Pocket Drive boots a native Microsoft Windows operating
system, it delivers the capabilities that bank examiners will now look
for without the use of proprietary vendor back-end services that require
changes to existing bank infrastructure systems.

    Secure Pocket Drive stops hackers where they are attacking -- at the
customer's PC, by presenting a secure, read-only, and easy-to-use thin
client environment to banking customers while allowing security
administrators to ensure that the device is always patched, up-to-date,
and is enforcing the institution's latest security policies. If lost or
stolen, the device can be deactivated remotely. 

    Even if a computer is infected with malware, browser sessions initiated
using Secure Pocket Drive remain safe, secure, and private, as
highlighted in the FFIEC's review of today's threatscape.

    For more information or to purchase Secure Pocket Drive, visit

    About SPYRUS, Inc. 

    SPYRUS holds patents in the U.S. and abroad that enable solutions for
secure authentication, secure communication, and full disk encryption, as
well as patents relating to data protection and rights management for
digital content. To prevent the insertion of untrusted components,
Secured by SPYRUS(TM) security technology is proudly designed,
engineered, and manufactured in the USA to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3
standards. SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California and is a
Microsoft Gold OEM Partner. See www.spyrus.com for more information.

    SPYRUS, the SPYRUS logo, Secured by SPYRUS, Hydra Privacy Card, Hydra PC,
Secure Pocket Drive, and Security to the Edge are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of SPYRUS, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other
jurisdictions. All other company, organization, and product names are
trademarks of their respective organizations.


SPYRUS Media Contact:
Dan Chmielewski
Madison Alexander PR, Inc.
949-231-2965 (cell phone)

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