Exclusive: BlockMaster to introduce backup and stronger file sharing options

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Secure USB vendor BlockMaster is to introduce cloud backup and a 'digital fence' concept next week.

Secure USB vendor BlockMaster is to introduce cloud backup and a ‘digital fence' concept next week.

Named the ZoneRestrictor, the technology will be presented at next week's Infosecurity Europe exhibition and locks down the usage of SafeConsoleReady secure USB drives to specific computers using certificate technology, BlockMaster said.

According to the company, this allows for stronger controls for manual transfers of confidential or sensitive files between secure networks, lab environments and within high-security organisations.

Part of the 4.7 release of SafeConsole, the management system for its SafeStick USB, Anders Kjellander, co-founder and chief security officer of BlockMaster, told SC Magazine that it had seen great pickup on the ZoneRestrictor feature from users with the highest security requirements or businesses that need to adhere to strict compliance.

He said: “It seems to be a global issue as we have seen pickup in North America, Europe and Asia. Moving data between strictly controlled networks is a task commonly assigned a USB drive and now the SafeConsoleReady secure USB drives can be locked down to only be allowed to unlock on designated machines - it is very much like a authenticated VPN.

“We are really excited about the 4.7 release of SafeConsole as it delivers on our promise to our customers to keep on pushing the envelope in our development and expand what problems secure USB drives can help solve.”

Speaking about the Cloud Backup addition, Kjellander said that no other company is offering automated backup on secure USB drives, and called the new addition ‘truly elegant'.

He said it introduces fully-feature automatic secure backup from the secure USB drive onto any cloud, be it private or public and all data is encrypted on the devices prior to being transferred to storage ensuring full compliance and security.

“It works in the background and requires no user actions to complete the backups,” he said.

“A device recovery is a point and click exercise for the administrators and the backups are restored over the network or internet onto a new off-the-shelf drive.”

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