Transport for London (TfL) has adopted ultra-secure USB flash drives to ensure that its data is protected in the event of the loss or theft of portable devices. iStorage, the portable storage and digital encryption specialist, has confirmed that its datAshur USB flash drives will now be used as standard by TfL staff for transporting data on the move.
From a legal standpoint, confidential data must be protected under both the Data Protection Act and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and TfL continually ensures that all members of staff comply with Government standards and regulations.
Following a successful pilot of iStorage’s USB devices, these will now be used by a range of TfL staff including those on the London Underground, the River Service, engineering, traffic operations, compliance, legal, commercial, finance, internal audit, network performance and traffic operations and governance.
“During our trial of the datAshur USB drives, staff found they were easy-to-use, secure and provided assurances that, should a device be lost or stolen, then the data contained on it would be protected using strong encryption,” explained Graham Dawes, solutions architect at Transport for London.
“From a project and ongoing support perspective, one of the main benefits of the datAshur devices is not having a backend infrastructure to manage, making it simple to use and not requiring any drivers or software to be installed.”
iStorage’s datAshur USB flash drive received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 validation as a measure of its security, with the validation examining 11 areas of a cryptographic module used by the device’s security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design assurance.
John Michael, CEO at iStorage, stated: “We’re delighted to work alongside Transport for London in providing a robust security solution for staff when transporting data. We are at a time when data security is taken very seriously. If the Data Protection Act is violated then companies face serious fines. Not only that, the reputation of the entire company can also be compromised. By purchasing a number of datAshur devices for its staff, TfL ensures its integrity and absolutely proves its commitment to security.”