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Defense Dept. approves Hydra PC ViP

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 30 (UPI) -- Secure information-sharing technologies developer Spyrus said its universal serial bus encryption drives have been approved by the U.S. Defense Department.

California-based Spyrus announced the Defense Department's Data at Rest Tiger Team has approved the company's Hydra PC Virus Protected, or ViP, USB file encryption drives. Spyrus said its Hydra PC ViP technology strengthens data security by scanning every file for viruses prior to encryption.

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With the approval, Hydra PC ViP has also been added to the Defense Department's Enterprise Software Initiative and the U.S. General Services Administration SmartBuy Data at Rest Program, established to certify technologies that secure data on removable storage media and mobile computing devices.

"Our revolutionary Hydra PC ViP hardware-based file-by-file encryption using military-grade Suite B cryptography is the most secure solution for protecting data available on a commercial data-storage device," Tom Dickens, Spyrus chief operating officer, said in a statement.

"The virus-scanning application provides assurance that all files encrypted and stored on removable media are fully protected from data corruption, hostile tampering and injected viruses. Hydra PC ViP also inherently prevents auto-run files from opening and spreading embedded malware before they are scanned."

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