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[ISN] VA buys 25K secure thumb drives


By Mary Mosquera
May 14, 2007

The Veterans Affairs Department awarded a contract to Kanguru Solutions 
of Millis, Mass., for 25,000 encrypted USB flash drives to help ensure 
the security of VAs sensitive data. Kanguru will deliver the drives by 
the end of this month.

The flash drives will help VA comply with a June Office of Management 
and Budget mandate to secure mobile data in the wake of the theft last 
year of a laptop containing the personal information of millions of 
veterans. Employees must use the approved thumb drives when they take 
sensitive data outside the network.

The KanguruMicro Drive AES has 256-bit encryption and meets the National 
Institute of Standards and Technologys Federal Information Processing 
Standard 140-2 for encrypting data. The drives come in capacities 
ranging from 256M to 8G.

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