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Sophos and BlockMaster announce partnership to offer anti-virus scanning on secure USBs

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Sophos and BlockMaster have signed a new OEM agreement to integrate anti-virus technology into the SafeConsoleReady secure USB flash drives.

With USB sticks a mechanism of delivering malware, as seen with the Conficker worm, this agreement will see Sophos' anti-virus technology added to the existing levels of security on SafeConsoleReady devices, such as BlockMaster's SafeStick and Kingston's DTVP-M and DT4000-M.

BlockMaster solutions already provide security features such as hardware encryption, strong password authentication and active measures against zero-day attacks.

According to Sophos, the new product is completely transparent to users and is easy to maintain because of the tight integration of the Sophos anti-virus technology with the central management system SafeConsole.

Sophos anti-virus can be purchased from BlockMaster as an add-on to the SafeConsole server licence, with discounts available for existing Sophos customers.

Anders Kjellander, chief security officer at BlockMaster, said: “This was how anti-virus for USB was meant to be, centrally managed and easy for the end-user. Sophos' anti-virus solution is non-intrusive for the end-user and doesn't get in the way of everyday business.

“The on-access scanning of the onboard anti-virus scanner extends and enhances the anti-malware qualities already present on SafeConsoleReady devices and setup, deployment and maintenance are easily handled remotely by the SafeConsole server administrator.”

Michael Rogers, vice president of global OEM and strategic alliances at Sophos, said: “Protecting USB sticks from malware is an important element in any comprehensive security strategy and Sophos is delighted to be partnering with BlockMaster to provide built-in anti-virus protection to all brands of SafeConsoleReady secure USB drives.”

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