Concerned About BYOD Security? Try Bringing Your Own USB

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor — June 11, 2012

Imation Corp., a global scalable storage and data security company, says version 2.1 of its Stealth Zone boot-from-USB secure mobile workspace is now available. This newest version of Imation Stealth Zone enhances data security by making it easier and more convenient for business travelers, teleworkers and contractors to carry a secure, managed Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and an encrypted data transfer solution on a single, fully managed USB device.

"As organizations increasingly allow and even encourage employees to work outside traditional offices, and look to enable 'bring your own device' (BYOD) or contractor access to the organization's applications, they are in search of solutions that allow authorized users access to information they need without compromising the security of their data," said Lawrence Reusing, Imation's general manager for mobile security. "Our solution provides a secure PC that you can carry in your pocket. Now, users can get what they've requested – a secure form of Windows to go wherever they are, combined with an encrypted flash drive in a single product."

"Mobile boot-from-USB Windows workspaces like Imation's are generating increasing interest as IT departments seek to empower worker mobility while gaining some control over the BYOD trend," said Michael Osterman, president, Osterman Research, Inc. "Organizations are realizing that mobile workspaces are an extremely convenient and flexible way to provision fully managed, secure Windows desktop environments for employees and contractors, while minimizing the risk of data loss."

With Imation's mobile workspace solution, IT can issue a full-featured Windows 7 desktop environment on a secure, hardware encrypted USB device that employees or contractors can use both in the office and on computers at home or on the road.

With Imation's new Crossover Storage capability, the Stealth Zone USB device can be plugged into a computer's USB port and booted into a secure Windows 7 desktop environment; or, using a separate, secure storage partition, it can be used as a traditional encrypted secure flash drive, eliminating the need for a second encrypted drive for data transfer.

Imation Stealth Zone 2.1 deploys numerous measures for maximum workspace security, including:

  • Full host-computer isolation, where, after reboot and authentication, the computing environment is isolated from malware and data leakage.
  • Hardware encryption, using a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated* portable security processor to lock down content and shield the desktop, preventing tampering, intrusion and piracy.
  • Strong user authentication, including optional multifactor authentication using password, biometrics or both.
  • Advanced centralized deployment and management, that lets an organization broadly deploy USB desktops and police their use with Imation's deployment tools and Imation ACCESS Enterprise management platform.
Imation's mobile workspace products are available through Imation's network of channel partners. For more information, visit Current users of Imation Stealth Zone devices can upgrade their devices to version 2.1 capabilities by contacting their sales representative.

Imation's Secure Data, Identity and Mobile Workspace product set, helps organizations protect against data loss and supports compliance strategies, providing users secure and convenient access to their data and applications wherever they are, while delivering managed security and ensuring compliance over a range of USB devices and removable media.

Cryptographic Processor certification numbers vary by product. For specific certification numbers, see applicable product literature or visit


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