Imation Upgrades Removable-Storage Products, Securityware

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-14 Print this article Print

Company unveils 64GB versions of its high-security flash drives and a more feature-rich security suite.

Removable storage device maker Imation introduced some larger-capacity additions to its Defender product line along with some upgraded security software Feb. 14 at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

The Minnesota-based company unveiled 64GB versions of its Defender F100, F150 and F200 +Biometric Flash Drives, and will be demonstrating them on the conference show floor. Previously, the company's flash drives were available at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities.

Imation also is using the event to showcase a pair of new security-management software options. These enhancements help small- to midsized businesses in sectors such as government, health care, retail and financial services better manage the risks and responsibilities of increasing data growth and portability, a company spokesperson said.

The new Defender F200 +Biometric flash drive features a fast hardware-dedicated security processor that provides advanced portable security through FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) 140-2, Level 3 validated AES 256-bit hardware encryption, authentication, manageability and biometrics, Imation said.

Advanced security features in the F200 include an ergonomic swipe sensor for two-factor authentication with strong password and/or biometric fingerprint identification-security that goes far beyond standard password security. It also provides protection against malware in virtually any environment. Additionally, it comes housed in a rugged metal casing, so the F200 is tamper-resistant, crush-resistant, waterproof and dustproof, Imation said.

The Defender Collection Software Suite is aimed at government agencies, the health care industry, financial services and SMBs because it has the ability to customize and enforce device authentication and security policies. It also features reporting, as well as the ability to recover passwords, manage keys, and remotely disable devices that are lost or stolen, Imation said.

The RSA Conference continues through Feb. 18 at the Moscone Center.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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