Imation ACCESS software adds location-based security policy management for USB devices

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Imation Corp., a global scalable storage and data security company, has announced the availability of Imation ACCESS 4.1, software that manages Imation's secure USB drive offerings. Key new features include location-based security management, enabling administrators to manage and control USB use inside and outside of the network. Administrators can allow the device to unlock at IP addresses determined to be safe, or destroy its contents remotely, if data is deemed to be at risk. Imation's ACCESS 4.1 is a key component to Imation's data security solution for secure mobile data, secure mobile identity and secure mobile workspaces.

"As enterprise organisations embrace the mobile workforce, IT departments are confronting a new set of hazards to the security of sensitive data," said Lawrence Reusing, Imation's general manager for Mobile Security. "Our latest ACCESS software adds tools administrators need to decide exactly where secure USB devices can be unlocked, helping better protect digital data on the move."

ACCESS 4.1 supports management and usage of Imation branded USB flash and external hard disk drive devices. The newest enhancements and benefits include a wide range of important management features for secure device control, device recovery and policy enforcement, all while reducing deployment and ownership costs.

Location-Based Security Policies: Chief among the enhancements; the addition of location-based security policies that help protect against data leakage and theft. With ACCESS 4.1 software, IT administrators can prevent all USB device use outside of an organisation's network, or restrict usage to specific computers and locations. New capabilities include:

  • Trusted IPs Only: Devices can be set so that they can only be unlocked at IP addresses that have been evaluated as trusted and are specified on the IP whitelist to prevent address spoofing.
  • Device Must "Call Home": Administrators can mandate that devices contact an ACCESS Enterprise Server (the managed version of ACCESS) before allowing the device to unlock. Requiring that devices are unusable unless they can "call home" diminishes the risk of data leakage or theft.
  • New Access Revocation Features: Administrators now have an extensive range of revocation options. Administrators can remotely disable devices by soft-blocking, remote killing or remotely "bricking" (physically destroying the drive's contents) devices if necessary.

Imation ACCESS 4.1 is now available for new and existing administrators managing Imation Defender, MXI Security and McAfee Encrypted USB brand secure USB devices. For more information please visit

Imation's Secure Data, Identity and Mobile Workspace product set helps organisations protect against data loss and supports compliance strategies, providing users secure and convenient access to their data and applications wherever they are, while delivering the high levels of security, compliance and management control over a range of USB devices and removable media.

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