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ClevX and STM collaborate to secure wearables data

Steve Rogerson
January 6, 2015
 
Smartphone and wearables users will be able to store and retrieve their data from portable devices securely thanks to a joint project between Swiss electronics company ST Microelectronics and Seattle-based ClevX.
 
They have developed DataLock, secured encrypted portable storage media with Bluetooth Smart wireless user authentication.
 
This means users can interact with secure portable storage (full-disk, XTS-AES 256bit encryption) from their smartphones or wearable devices where all user data on the drive are encrypted and can be locked and unlocked using single- or multi-factor authentication. The technology is suitable for consumer, corporate and industrial applications such as healthcare, home automation and security, secure-access control systems, and portable data storage.
 
“IoT-device authentication has long required trade-offs among security, convenience and mobility,” said Luca Difalco, VP of marketing for STM in the Americas. “The ClevX DataLock BT-secured portable storage provides the capability to actually enjoy the best of all worlds. While we’re demonstrating the capability in an easy-to-use hardware-encrypted secure USB drive, the elegance and versatility of the solution is provided by an application that we can add to our Blue NRG device to make lock-down security accessible via Bluetooth Smart.”
 
The two companies have reference designs for secure portable storage media, including flash, hard disks and solid-state disk drives. These designs use STM’s Blue NRG Bluetooth Smart chips and ultra-low-power STM32L0 microcontrollers and are immediately available for licensing and partnerships, including both STM and ClevX-based hardware and firmware in addition to the related smartphone and wearables apps.
 
The reference designs are OS-host agnostic. USB drives with the DataLock BT technology operate across all computer platforms and embedded systems while providing various easy-to-use security layers, including a wireless lock and unlock mechanism, phone as an authentication factor, phone plus pin, or phone plus pin plus user ID, location and time. The reference designs support USB Remote Management, which can be critical for corporate deployments and remote password resets, drive disabling and erasing, and help successful implementation of corporate-wide policies.
 
“With the sensitive personal and corporate information that people carry on their USB drives, loss can easily lead to substantial financial penalties and undesired public disclosure,” said Lev Bolotin, founder and CEO of ClevX. “Using STM and ClevX technologies, the DataLock BT security solution protects data on a USB with ease and elegance. Consumers, healthcare workers, mobile professionals and corporations can improve their productivity and security on the go by using their phones to authenticate themselves to their USB drives and change security options, as required.”