Kanguru's Secure USB Memory Stick

Conclusion: Data Security Is The Focus

The growing concern over the lack of data security in companies has found its way into a new product that provides the ability to delete data over the Internet: Kanguru Defender USB sticks from Kanguru Solutions.

The aluminum housing of the Kanguru Defender USB sticks is light and well-made. A hardware switch protects from the unintended overwriting of data. The protection cap of the USB plug is made of plastic and is not permanently attached to the USB stick. Over time, one may lose or destroy more protection caps than USB sticks.

More Education About Data Security is First Necessary

The popularity of the mobile storage medium as well as the ongoing Internet boom make companies have to face new changes in terms of data security. This should be a reason for companies to reevaluate security guidelines for privately used USB storage drives and to make employees aware of the dangers and relevant security guidelines. Eventually both parties will profit from the clear rules regarding USB sticks.

Kanguru offers Good Control Over Sensitive Data

Beyond that, Kanguru Solutions offers the possibilities to monitor USB Flash drives and keep control over data even if the device is lost. First, the encryption according to the AES standard ensures that data cannot be accessed without entering a valid password. Second, if the USB stick is lost or stolen, data can be eradicated over the Internet, to be to entirely secure.

In many situations, it makes sense to use the service from Kanguru Solutions and purchase individually engraved USB drives. This is not always the case, though. USB sticks that have the name of a big company printed on them may attract unwanted attention in public.

Disadvantage: Whole Functionality Usable only with the Optional Console

Although, the Kanguru Defender USB sticks are well made and offer data encryption, they can only live up to their full potential when used in combination with the Kanguru Remote Management Console. Through this console, administrators can determine the IP addresses of the computers where the Kanguru USB sticks were used, and also erase data. In the future, additional functionality will be added that will offer greater flexibility in applying security settings to a single Kanguru storage medium.

Users and companies who care about security will enjoy this product, provided that they are ready to tackle the tough requirements that the Kanguru Remote Management Console puts on hardware and software. Due to the initial cost, plus the cost of running and managing the KRMC servers, this product may have a difficult time catching on.

Marcel Binder
  • snarfies1
    The 2gb Jumpdrive Lightning from Lexar costs under $35 and also has AES256 hardware encryption and, if you really want it, "free" laser engraving (only if you buy direct from Lexar, at an additional $20 premium). It doesn't have any sort of auto-expire feature, but eh. Considering that Staples gives out FREE thumbdrives with spindles of DVD-Rs, its a bit of a jump to invest $50+ for one of them these days.
  • hellwig
    As a contractor I simply ask my employer for a USB drive and they ordered me one the next day. When I was a full-time employee at a different employer, not only did I have to use my own USB drive if I wanted to copy files from my workstation to a computer in a separate lab, I couldn't get a hard drive bigger than 40gigs in my workstation.

    Simple point is, some companies actually care about making the jobs of their employees easier, and if that means supplying a $10 USB drive (that they can confiscate at any time) they make that effort. Most companies, however, spend as little as possible to aid their employees and don't understand why their productivety suffers. Their IT departments are also people who have simply undergone a multi-day training session, and are only there to look confused and package the broken components and ship them back to HP or Dell, they don't understand nor care that someone can copy sensitive information to a USB drive and walk out the door with it.

    While it's interesting to see a product like this, the prohibitive cost and complexity will never see a vast market segment. Too many large companies simply care more about the bottom line than anything else.
  • b2gills
    Wouldn't the write-protect switch prevent you from deleting files over the Internet?
  • ButtonBoy
    In six months the IEEE 1667 enabled flash sticks will render this product moot- and obsolete.
  • Check out SanDisk’s solutions at:http://www.sandisk.com/enterpriseA really reliable and easy to use secure USB drive.