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SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise review

A secure, but pricey, flash drive

Our Verdict

A solid, easy-to-use password-protected flash drive, but peace of mind doesn't come cheap

For

  • 256bit AES encryption
  • Stylish design

Against

  • Very pricey
  • Don't forget your password

The SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise is available in 1, 2, 4 and 8GB capacities, and is very special indeed.

Its stylish design, cap and neat LED showing when it's being accessed are a bonus, but what's really special are its security features.

When you first insert it into the USB port, you can install a 7.6MB app. After that, connecting the device brings up a password request, which you must satisfy before it mounts.

Encryption is via 256-bit AES, and if you can't remember your password you can reset it, but this will erase all your data.

When connected, you can follow the icon in your menu bar, and carry out any tasks such as setting new passwords or ejecting the device. Given the hassle losing a flash drive can cause, many will welcome the password protection. Only the high price tag stops this scoring any higher.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Drive
Product FamilyCruzer Enterprise
Brand NameSanDisk
Storage Capacity8 GB
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
ManufacturerSanDisk Corporation
Product ModelSDCZ32-008G-A75
Product Name8GB Cruzer Enterprise FIPS Edition USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Product LineCruzer Enterprise
Manufacturer Part NumberSDCZ32-008G-A75
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sandisk.com
Marketing Information

With FIPS 140-2 level 2 certification for encryption, a standard set by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), the Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition caters to the ultra-sensitive security requirements of government agencies and financial institutions. Now employees can safely extend their work environments to wherever their business takes them. Rather than rely upon users to secure files, SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition imposes mandatory access control on all files. They are stored in a secure partition that implements the strongest 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption. Since the encryption keys never leave the drive, they are kept safe from software hacking attempts. Stored in a secured area sealed with epoxy glue, the keys are also protected against physical tampering attempts. CMC (Central Management and Control) server software adds a higher level of control to Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition. It centrally manages the drive's complete lifecycle, from initial user-deployment, through password administration and data backup, and finally to drive termination if lost or stolen.