Kanguru FlashTrust Protects Against the Threat of Firmware-Based Attack


What's so Special About the Kanguru FlashTrust?

FlashTrust is part of a next generation of standard USB Flash drives by Kanguru, a global leader in secure USB data storage. The company has integrated the same RSA-2048 bit digitally secured firmware used in its robust hardware encrypted secure drives, into this new unencrypted flash drive. It can be used at the consumer and organizational level as a great, affordable option for organizations that may have concerns about "badUSB" and are looking to protect against these types of firmware attacks.

The flash drive offers many benefits, in addition to protecting against the threat of firmware-based attacks. These include:

● Digitally-signed firmware, which protects against any outside, unauthorized tampering from unidentified sources.
● Self testing at startup, so the integrity of the firmware is verified. If the self-test fails, the USB module will cease to operate.
● SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for fast data transfer. It can read at speeds up to 230 MB and write at up to 85 MB.
● A physical write protect switch so users can choose to keep the device in read-only or read/write mode. A selectable mode is useful    especially if one has to connect the USB device to a potentially infected machine.
●A choice of storage capacities in quality, aluminum housing. FlashTrust devices come in affordable 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB versions.

The Kanguru FlashTrust USB drive, therefore, offers a sophisticated level of data protection for organisations where other flash drives do not. They are ideal for enterprise security and in organisations where a potential threat of malware and viruses could be a problem.


How Can You Protect Your Organisation?


It seems tech-savvy hackers will go to all lengths now-a-days to create a devastating and unassuming attack on information. A tampered USB device could potentially spread malware throughout an organisation - wreaking havoc on its most important asset - company data. If USB devices are entering your organisation from unidentified sources, there is the potential that hackers could tamper with the firmware to inflict harm on your network. As a result, some organisations may consider ruling out USB flash drives altogether, a detrimental move that sacrifices business convenience. Or they may move to conduct business and store data strictly within the cloud, which opens up a whole other range of issues from possible intermittent service downtime, unauthorised access, and even more potential hacking issues.

Rather than "throw the baby out with the bathwater," simply make a company standard that if unencrypted flash drives are used to transfer company information, only Kanguru FlashTrust secure firmware flash drives are allowed within your network. This will not only maintain the convenience USB flash drives are best known for, but also provide the assurance that the drives are completely safe for your network.


Please feel free to contact us. The Kanguru Team is happy to answer any questions you may have at +612 8904 0172


Written by — April 02, 2015

Concerned about BadUSB?


In a recent Black Hat security event, researchers revealed a potential threat to USB technology, pointing out that any USB peripheral, including printers, keyboards, computer mice, webcams or flash keys, could be open to the possibility of a savvy hacker physically changing the firmware to deliver infective malware. Although this would be a difficult thing to do, the news, known as "BadUSB", has worried some that even secure USB flash drives, hard drives, and solid state drives could be vulnerable to such type of physical tampering. The truth is, Kanguru Defender® USB drives are more secure than ever thanks to the onboard digitally signed secure firmware. Those fears can be put to rest because Kanguru's secure USB drives have you covered.


By design, Kanguru's firmware is inherently protected with what is called digitally signed secure firmware. This fundamental feature makes it nearly impossible for any firmware-based attack to be successful on Kanguru's secure USB drives, making them the most trusted USB devices on the market.



How to Protect Your Organization from "BadUSB"


Use only trusted Kanguru Secure Hardware Encrypted drives or Kanguru's unencrypted Secure Firmware USB to protect your data


Make a company policy to stay away from cheap, plastic USB drives from untrusted sources and do not allow them on your network


Use Kanguru Remote Management for managing, monitoring and disabling lost or stolen USB drives within your network anywhere in the world


Use Kanguru Device Control to ensure rogue USB devices aren't being used on your network



Written by Kanguru Solutions — November 03, 2014

Kanguru Remote Management for Secure USB Drives Offers Complete Global Control of Sensitive Data on Deployed Drives


Kanguru unveils the most advanced, global remote management application for enterprise organisations managing encrypted USB drives with a robust upgrade for Kanguru Remote Management Console (KRMC) Enterprise Version 6.0.


KRMC 6.0 combines the convenience of conducting business on secure USB drives around the world, with the benefit of being able to manage those devices wherever they may be used. Administrators can manage their secure USB data storage devices anywhere with new and enhanced user-friendly upgrades through the confines of the customer’s own server, and the ability to effectively managea wide range of critical security and usage issues.



Written by Kanguru Solutions — November 03, 2014

Kanguru Releases Kanguru FlashTrust™: The World’s First Unencrypted USB 3.0 Flash Drive with Secure Firmware


Kanguru has released the world’s first unencrypted, USB 3.0 flash drive with onboard, secure firmware to protect against the potential risk of malicious attacks like "BadUSB". The digitally-signed, trusted firmware offers consumers and organizations the same level of secure firmware protection typically reserved for encrypted, high-end flash drives to unencrypted USB device users.



Written by Kanguru Solutions — November 03, 2014
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