Imation Announces StealthZone USB Desktop Environment

Imation has launched its StealthZone PC-on-a-stick desktop environment for enterprise customers.

The ultra-secure USB desktop environment is already used by governments and intelligence agencies, and is now available to businesses who want a managed, safe environment on any computer.

That means enterprises can enjoy the benefits of so-called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) computing, which is a growing phenomenon as staff increasingly use their own technology for work purposes.

A survey cited by Imation, conducted by Avanade across 17 countries, found that 88 per cent of enterprises allowed employees to use their own personal devices for business purposes. That, naturally enough, brings security risks, with another survey showing 82 per cent of IT professionals were concerned about BYOD in that light.

StealthZone solves BYOD security issues by providing a secure work environment on a USB stick. The stick is plugged into any host device, and the OS boots from the USB stick, giving a fully isolated and secure Windows workspace for the employee to operate from (with up to three-factor authentication provided).

Nick Banks, head of EMEA and APAC, Imation Mobile Security, commented: "Imation's StealthZONE solution is ideal for enterprises with a large mobile workforce. Enabling any untrusted computer to be transformed into a secure, IT-managed system is invaluable for mobile workers, and given some of the troubling statistics we see about the amount of employees working remotely in an unsecure fashion and using unencrypted storage devices for work purposes, enterprises seriously need to consider securing their mobile workforces."