IronKey has announced that its Enterprise S200 device has entered the CAPS evaluation program from the CESG.

The information assurance arm of the UK Government communications headquarters (GCHQ), CESG aims to protect and promote the vital interests of the UK by providing advice and assistance on the security of communications and electronic data.

The CESG Assisted Products Service (CAPS) program was introduced to meet the increasing governmental demand for cryptographic products. It provides independent verification that cryptographic products meet government standards and then formally approves their use by UK government agencies and the wider public sector.

IronKey said that its enterprise software enables organisations to remotely administer policies across thousands of devices online and if needed, administrators can remotely disable or remotely wipe devices. In addition to storing data, IronKey Enterprise devices are increasingly being used to store and run portable applications.

Kevin Bocek, director of product marketing at IronKey, told SC Magazine that it was testing the core functionality of the device. He said: “It is important level for the government and the UK to present restructured data to higher levels of government, also for the average council looking to protect with a level of security.

“We heard from our customers in government that they need CAPS certification to use drives more broadly, and we provide a level of assurance.”

Dave Jevans, CEO of IronKey, said that he was thrilled that IronKey Enterprise has started evaluation under the CAPS program. “At a time when the Information Commissioner's Office has highlighted the poor record of government organisations in the area of data protection, and the fact that the ICO can now fine organisations up to £500,000, there is huge pressure to better understand how to protect data whilst ensuring their employees can work securely from any location,” he said.