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Encrypted USB drives and privacy screens improve data security

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Encrypted USB drives and privacy screens improve data security
Encrypted USB drives and privacy screens improve data security.

RS Components (RS), a multi-channel distributor, has announced availability of a range of expert data security products to help companies with the incorporation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) into the day to-day operations of the business. These include products from 3M, Kingston Technology and the RS Pro range.

The Protection of Personal Information Act is designed to protect South African consumers by enforcing individual businesses to ensure that personal information is managed correctly.

Data encryption tops the list of POPI recommended technical measures to ensure appropriate data security. Businesses are required to quickly communicate to customers and other contacts if any data breach is likely to put their personal rights at risk.

RS offers a wide range of data security products, including three from Kingston Technology featuring 256-bit XTS-AES hardware encryption. The IronKey D300 is a series of USB 3.0 flash memory drives with capacities up to 128 Gbyte. Each drive is secured in a zinc case with a tamper-evident epoxy seal and additional physical security measures — certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 — to prevent unauthorised access to the cryptographic module.

Kingston DataTraveler 2000 USB 3.0 flash drives are secured with an alphanumeric keypad giving easy-to-use PIN protection. Encryption is done on the drive and no trace of the PIN is left on the system. The lower priced Kingston DataTraveler Vault range provides affordable business-grade security, enforcing complex password protection to prevent unauthorised access; the drive locks down and reformats after ten intrusion attempts.

For use with smartphones, the new RS Pro EviKey range of USB flash drives features easy-to-use NFC contactless technology and incorporates a standalone cybersecurity device that generates its own electrical power from the NFC antenna signal. For security, the Evikey device must recognise the phone and the EviKey phone app must be used to unlock access using a user defined PIN.

RS offers privacy filters from 3M that prevent “visual hacking” of personal or confidential information by unauthorised observers. Available for monitors and laptop screens of various sizes, 3M privacy filters use microlouvre technology to black out side views of the screen, leaving the displayed image visible only to the person directly in front of it. The filters also protect the screen from scratching and can reduce glare and reflections.

For more information on POPI please follow this link:

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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