McAfee, Imation Partner on Encrypted USB Devices

McAfee will transition its Encrypted USB device business to Imation, which will sell those devices and management software.

McAfee plans to transition its Encrypted USB Device business to Imation, a McAfee partner. Under the agreement, Imation said it will sell the McAfee USB devices and the related USB management software extension for McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) and will provide support for new Encrypted USB customers.

Imation's portfolio of data security solutions helps organizations deliver secure mobility for their workforces. The portfolio features encrypted USB products that are FIPS 140-2 validated, and includes high-capacity, small-form-factor USB flash drives as well as encrypted external hard-disk drives, and both cloud-based and on-premises management software solutions.

The company also offers a line of secure USB drives, many manageable by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software, which helps enable organizations to enforce security policies for encrypted USB devices. Imation is also a Sales Teaming Partner for Authentication and Portable Computing Solutions in the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance.

"McAfee and Imation now provide the best solutions for customers who require secure mobile storage, authentication and portable computing solutions," said Ed Barry, vice president of the security innovation alliance at McAfee. "With its industry leadership and decades of experience in data protection, the Imation team has the technology, resources and expertise to ensure that Encrypted USB customers continue to have products that meet the highest standards, best-in-class device management solutions and technical support."

Imation has been adding integrated data security assets as part of its focus on the growing data security market, including the acquisition of certain assets of Encryptx and MXI Security, and the secure hardware business of IronKey. In February, the company released a backup appliance aimed at small and midsize businesses (SMBs): the DataGuard Model R4 and Model T5R, which uses hard drives, removable RDX disk cartridges, and replication and cloud storage technologies to protect data.

Seventy percent of organizations storing third-party data are not "very confident" that the sensitive data stored within their organization is protected, according to a recent survey conducted by Varonis, a provider of data-governance software. With 80 percent of organizations surveyed storing sensitive information from customers, business partners and others, more than half were only "fairly confident" that it is protected. Nearly one-fifth were "not confident at all" that sensitive data is protected, and 5 percent were "unsure."