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Powerful Scanning Technology Helps Keep NAS Devices Free of Viruses
04/16/2012 – Thecus® and McAfee are teaming up to provide protection to NAS devices. Thecus® is the first to bundle McAfee anti-virus software within a NAS to provide customers a trouble-free NAS experience.
Ultimate User Experience
This partnership sets new standards within the NAS community by recognising the request of many users seeking virus protection and prevention, Users can rest assured that they’ll be piloting a powerful yet reliable NAS system. This effort also fosters a friendly user experience by offering antivirus protection right out of the box.
- Comprehensive detection so threats are isolated before they can spread
- Removal of viruses, worms, and other malicious code
- Reliable and accurate detection, without a costly false-alarm problem
- Effective scanning of compressed, archived, and packed files
- Support for a wide range of platforms
- Scan engine SDK for easy integration into third-party applications
“Thecus’s approach is to facilitate the most advanced NAS available, while moving forward with the best antivirus software. Our alliance with McAfee enables us to close in and meet our goal, and ultimately deliver the most dependable NAS to the community,” said Florence Shih, Thecus® General Manger.
“McAfee and Thecus® are leading the way in delivering a new secure NAS solution which offers customers the AV protection they need in a user friendly solution,” said Tom Moore, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Sales at McAfee.
Thecus® NAS now ships with McAfee
For more information on McAfee, go to: http://www.mcafee.com/
For more information on Thecus, go to: http://www.thecus.com
Thecus® Technology Corp. specializes in IP Storage Server and Network Video Recorder solutions. The company was established in 2004 with the mission to make technology that is as transparent as it is easy-to-use and products that are not only the best on the market, but are accessible to experts and novices alike. Combining a world-class R&D team highly experienced in storage hardware and software development with a keen customer focus, Thecus® stays close to the market to develop high-quality products to fulfill the storage and surveillance needs of today’s world.
Accenture, ARM, Battelle Memorial Institute, CMS Products, Origin Storage Ltd., RedHat Inc., Toyota Motor Corporation and Via Technologies, Inc. to Help Develop Trusted Computing Standards
PORTLAND, Ore., April 5, 2012 – The Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a worldwide open industry standards organization, has added a number of members to work on the organization’s existing, widely adopted standards based on a hardware root of trust and to address emerging security concerns.
New contributor members, who participate in specification development, include:
- ARM, Ltd.
- Battelle Memorial Institute
- Nationz Technologies, Inc.
- RedHat, Inc.
- Toyota Motor Corporation
CMS Products, Origin Storage Ltd., SerialTek and Via Technologies, Inc., also have joined TCG as adopter members.
“These companies recognize the importance and benefits of security based on the core concepts of trusted computing,” commented Brian Berger, TCG director and chair, TCG marketing work group. “The extensive market and technology expertise of new and existing members will allow TCG to extend its well-regarded approach to anchoring security in a root of trust to other computing environments such as embedded systems, virtualized platforms, mobile device security and cloud computing.”
TCG’s board of directors is comprised of representatives from Advanced Micro Devices, Fujitsu Ltd., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Infineon Technologies AG, Intel Corporation, Lenovo Holdings Ltd., Microsoft and Wave Systems with Dell and Nokia as elected contributor board members. TCG also recently announced an Associate membership for enterprise users.
More than 500 million PCs and other devices include a Trusted Platform Module. Almost all storage vendors now support TCG’s Opal and enterprise specifications for self-encrypting drives, and TCG’s Trusted Network Connect architecture is supported in hundreds of products from networking infrastructure companies.
The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) provides open standards that enable a safer computing environment across platforms and geographies. Benefits of Trusted Computing include protection of business-critical data and systems, secure authentication and strong protection of user identities, and the establishment of strong machine identity and network integrity. Organizations using built-in, widely available trusted hardware and applications reduce their total cost of ownership. TCG technologies also provide regulatory compliance that is based upon trustworthy hardware. More information and the organization’s specifications and work groups are available at the Trusted Computing Group’s website
Hands up whether patients’ info should be encrypted. Anyone?
South London healthcare trust has admitted to losing two unencrypted memory sticks containing sensitive personal data about patients.
The data breaches occurred in separate incidents. In the first breach, the device contained data relating to around 600 maternity patients, according to an undertaking signed by the trust with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). A data controller employee downloaded the data on to a personal memory stick in order to do some work at home.
“Due to not having received up to date information governance training, the employee was unaware that an encrypted device issued by the data controller should have been used,” says the undertaking.
In the second incident, the lost memory stick contained the names and dates of birth of 30 children, and full audiology reports for a further three children.
The ICO said that in both cases the data was put at “unnecessary risk” by not being encrypted. However, it added that both devices were later found, and said it was unlikely that they were readily accessible during the time they could not be located.
According to the undertaking, there were also a further two incidents at the trust, but these related to data breaches involving paper files.
The trust has now agreed to encrypt portable and mobile devices including laptops and other portable media used to store and transmit personal data. It has also pledged to make sure that staff are appropriately trained and made aware of the data controller’s policy for the retention, storage and use of personal data.
“The data controller shall implement such other security measures as it deems appropriate to ensure that personal data is protected against unauthorised and unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction, and/or damage,” adds the undertaking.
03/26/2012- Thecus has received hundreds of awards during its history for its innovative and reliable hardware, helping countless people all over the world to share our new digital-era treasure: data. Thecus believes in diversity. That’s why they are releasing a new Windows Storage Server-powered NAS product line to help you share your files using Windows Storage Server 2008 R2: the W Series. Three models will be available: 8-bay W8900, 12-bay W12000 and 16-bay W16000.
“The release of the W Series is the start of a very fruitful relationship with Microsoft that will help us achieve our main goal: to satisfy more and more Thecus users with high-quality network appliances,” says Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus Technology.
Explore the reliable and powerful Thecus NAS appliance powered by Window Storage Server 2008 R2. This appliance offers new tools to manage and fulfill business needs. The appliance provides a network platform that allows users to access computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2. With the latest Windows Storage Server Service Pack 1 (SP1), RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory are two additions that increase user flexibility and control.
“We are pleased to see Thecus utilizing Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 to deliver a cost effective, reliable, and scalable solution,” said Thomas Pfenning, General Manager, File Server Foundation, at Microsoft. “This will help customers address challenges of managing and providing access to the growing amount of data that businesses rely on.”
Besides easy integration within a Microsoft infrastructure and finer optimization for Windows transfer protocols, users who are familiar with Windows Server will now have more familiar interface for managing and protecting their essential business data. In addition, Microsoft updates its product to maintain the security level of its appliances. And finally, the whole Windows ecosystem and community are available to help. Enabling functions such as replication, anti-virus, data backup and so forth has never been so simple and well documented.
Key benefits of a Windows-powered NAS include enhanced power, data and server management capabilities. Paired with Thecus’ W series, the possibilities are endless.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition
Some useful features delivered with Windows Storage Server make storage more efficient and thus less costly!
- Traditional files protocols (NFS, SMB..) are optimized to work better together
- Single Instance Storage (SIS): Transparent file de-duplication can maximizes space efficiency, saving up to 60% of capacity. When hard disks became a precious resource, this is an essential feature!
- iSCSI target: The classic set-and-forget architecture lets you configure your storage as a regular disk over the network and use it on a daily basis without users’ even noticing it.
- Remote administration: Simply connect to an easy-to-remember link and remotely access the control panel through any web browser on any computer!
Thecus Hardware: reducing costs but not quality
Thecus is a company entirely dedicated to storage and network sharing. The main advantage of reaching the high level of excellence is that Thecus helps customers optimize costs and quality. The hardware used for the W series has been tested and approved by media and users all around the world. And you can also benefits from Thecus prices, which give you the best value because of the experience and optimization delivered by our R&D teams.
Thecus products are always delivered using the best quality available on the market. For instance, take high-speed transfers: Thecus NAS appliances are delivered with USB 3.0 (10x faster than USB 2.0).
The following table summarizes the key specs of the W series:
W8900 W12000 W16000 Description 8-bay 2U Rackmount 12-bay 2U Rackmount 16-bay 3U Rackmount CPU Intel® Core™ i3-2120 Dual Core@3.30GHz Intel® Xeon® E3-1225 Quad Core@3.1GHz Intel® Xeon® E3-1225 Quad Core@3.1GHz RAM 8GB DDR3 (Up to 32GB) Storage (for Pre-installed OS) 2.5″ SATA
250GB 5400rpm/7200rpm above
Disk interface SATA III & SAS 6G (8/12/16) USB 2.0 Front x2 Back x4 USB 3.0 Back x2 eSATA Back x1 HDMI Back x1
Origin Storage Limited Introduces Data Locker SecureDisk – The Industries Most Secure Writable DVD and CD Media
DataLocker SecureDisk DVDs and CDs Provide FIPS 140-2 Validated AES 256-Bit Encryption for a Writable Disk that is always Secure
February 2012 – DataLocker Inc.
A leading developer of encrypted data storage products, today announced the industry’s most secure line of self- encrypting DVD-R’s and CD-R’s with the DataLocker SecureDisk line. The DataLocker SecureDisk DVDs and CDs combine AES 256-bit encryption and disc-burning functionality on a self-contained recordable CD or DVD with built in software for disc burning.
Users can secure and encrypt any file to these FIPS 140-2 validated DVD’s and CD’s. The DataLocker SecureDisk line makes it simple and easy to store, transport, and share sensitive data, records and files.
“Our SecureDisk line is a low cost, effective way of distributing sensitive information with co-workers, clients and patients” said Jay Kim, Founder and COO, Data Locker, “Keeping sensitive information encrypted is a must in today’s digital data- centric world.”.
The Secure Disk line is designed for use with different versions of the Microsoft Windows OS. The recording speeds are 52X with the CD-Rs having a capacity of 700 MB and DVDs of 4.7 GB.
Andy Cordial, Managing Director of Origin Storage, added “by adding DataLocker SecureDisk to our Encryption portfolio, it now gives us a full complement of the best encryption solutions on the market, and for every foreseeable Encryption dilemma that our customers face, we now have all the solutions”
Pricing and Availability
The Data Locker SecureDisk CD-Rs are priced at £24.99 MSRP for a 10-pack or £179.99 MSRP for a 100-pack. The SecureDisk DVDs are priced at £29.99 MSRP for a 10-pack and £249.99 MSRP for a 100-pack. For more details on this product, please call Origin Storage Limited
About Data Locker
Data Locker is an innovative manufacturer of secure data storage devices. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, Data Locker devices combine superior convenience and usability with state of the art security. Data Locker is “Simply Secure.”. For more information, please visit http://www.datalockerdrive.com.
About Origin Storage
Origin Storage Limited is one of Europe’s premium storage solution distributors, having specialised in matched hard drive solutions for servers, notebooks and desktops for the past ten years. With our own assembly areas, technical consultants and testing facilities, we have the ability to support products for all major manufacturers, including Dell, HP, Toshiba and Lenovo, we are also the only distributor in the UK for Thecus NAS Solutions that has our own independent Thecus technical team.
Origin also provide a range of Data Encryption devices, from the External USB 3, 256-Bit AES Hardware Encrypted Solution, the DataLocker 3 and the FIPS 140-2 Validated DataLocker 2 and a retrospective laptop upgrade to Hardware Encryption with our Enigma offering, all now complemented with Wave / Safend Encryption Authentication software. We also supply BTI, the leading manufacturer in the US for batteries and adapters.
Wave Systems Gets U.S. Army Contract for Encryption Management for Vehicle-Based Mobile Computers
Wave Systems, a Massachusetts-based provider of security, data protection, and encryption solutions, today announced that it has received a contract from the United States Army to provide labor, equipment and management to implement solutions for the Army’s self-encrypting drives (SEDs).
According to Wave, the Army is exploring the enablement of SEDs with Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) in its systems in order to reduce the risk of sensitive data falling into enemy hands if such enemies were able to get their hands on hardware.
Wave did not disclose the value of the contract, but did say that its fees under the contract would be modest. Despite the modest contract value, the company views it as as an important application of trusted computing solutions by the Army, and the news appeared to please investors, with shares of Wave Systems (NASDAQ:WAVX) closing up over 18 percent at the close of trading on Tuesday.
Wave also said that the Army asked the company to provide expertise in the area of SEDs and TPMs to help maximize the security advantage of these technologies while minimizing the disruptive impact to Army’s fielding and sustainment. Wave will also provide engineering support to Army missions in support of global operations.
“This contract affirms the value and leadership that Wave brings in leveraging embedded security for mobile endpoints operating beyond the network perimeter,” said Steven Sprague, CEO for Wave. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to help ensure that mission-critical data and communications remains under the secure control of central command at all times.”
Trusted computing standards provide capabilities that can be leveraged in many mission systems where device assurance and integrity and data protection are required.
According to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), the international industry standards group that develops specifications and standards for Trusted Computing Technology, the term “trusted computing” refers to applications that leverage hardware-based “roots of trust” at the edge of the network and at the endpoints – sometimes referred to as “hardware anchors in a sea of untrusted software” – for higher assurance.
As the adoption of trusted computing continues to grow across all platforms, there are many ways this industry-standard technology can be leveraged to reduce costs and improve security and assurance of any computing system.
Wave products are all available from Origin Storage.
Please see http://www.originstorage.com for further details