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"To Go" USB Boot Drives

Yes.  The SPYRUS Windows To Go boot drives (WTG) work on many Mac models, particularly those built in 2012 and newer.  To use a SPYRUS WTG on a Mac, you should be running the WTG with a Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 image; Windows 10 is preferred.  The main dependency is the Mac model’s ability to support Boot Camp for the Windows OS version.  The supported Models are available via the following links: Windows 10Windows 8.0.

Yes, the Windows To Go, Linux To Go, and Multi-Boot To Go boot drives will all three work with host computers that have USB 2.0 ports.  All three To Go devices are natively USB 3.0 and are backward compatible to USB 2.0.  However, the To Go drives will perform considerably slower on a USB 2.0 ports due to the slower transfer speeds of USB 2.0 (480Mb/s) compared to USB 3.0 (5Gb/s), which is a little more than 10 times faster.

Device Management Solutions

The encrypting USB drives can be optionally managed by the same technology that manages the Windows To Go drives.  The drive’s PIN that unlocks the hardware encryption can be managed to a password policy and reset if forgotten.  Additionally, the device can be remotely wiped in the event the device is lost or stolen.

Encrypting USB Drives

The SPYRUS PocketVault P-3X meets regulatory standards for secure storage.  It is a small, portable, USB 3.0 storage device for all operating systems.  The P-3X provides (1) strong hardware based encryption, (2) an environmentally hardened case, and (3) optional PIN and remote wipe management. The P-3X connects to a computer as a fixed SSD drive; most flash drives connect as a removable drive. A fixed drive is required by a Windows computer to perform a image level backup. The hardware encryption and hardened case allow the backup to remain with the computer without compromising security. See the product data sheet for specific environmental design specifications and military standards.

Smart Cards and HSMs

CNG stands for Cryptography API Next Generation and it is sometimes referenced as CAPI NG. CNG is a Windows specific API used by applications to securely create and exchange data. CNG is the current long term replacement for an older API, CryptoAPI. CNG is designed to be extensible and cryptography agnostic. CNG was introduced in the Vista and Server 2008 products.

PKCS #11 is one of the Public-Key Cryptography Standards and also refers to the programming interface to create and manipulate cryptographic tokens. It is a platform-independent API developed by the global non-rofit organization named OASIS. The API defines commonly used cryptographic object types (RSA keys, X.509 Certificates, DES/Triple DES keys, etc.) and all the functions needed to use, create/generate, modify and delete those objects.  PKCS #11 is used in devices like hardware security modules and smart cards.

OASIS stands for Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards and is a nonprofit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. You can read more about PKCS #11 and OASIS here

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