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Sharp Introduces New Data Security Kit

8 Sep, 2005

Sharp Introduces New Data Security Kit

Sharp Document Solutions Company of America has fortified its fight against security loopholes on corporate networks by introducing a new Data Security Kit (DSK) for its high-speed (55-70 page per minute), monochrome IMAGER(tm) MFPs (multifunction peripherals). This Common Criteria-validated DSK, model AR-FR11, will help Sharp customers protect corporate intellectual property that passes through an IMAGER MFP by encrypting, overwriting and applying key security measures to the residual data.

"Security is a top concern in any business, and certain industries, such as the U.S. government and its suppliers, are required to use technology products that meet robust security protocols and guidelines," said Ed McLaughlin, president, Sharp Document Solutions Company of America. "With our new Common Criteria validation, Sharp now provides these businesses with the security they need on our fastest IMAGERs."

Sharp's MFP Security Strategy

Sharp secures MFPs through the firmware via the Sharp DSK, which encrypts and overwrites data stored on the hard drive. The DSK purges data from the machine's memory in both the hard drive's RAM and temporary ROM by writing over the information an industry-leading seven times.

Sharp further secures the MFP with a network interface card that creates a virtual firewall to manage MFP access using port management and IP/MAC address filtering. Additionally, since fax lines can access an MFP's internal systems and ultimately the network, Sharp's MFP architecture separates the fax telephone line from the network line. This approach prevents executable viruses and similar infections from using the MFP's fax line to enter a company's network.

For more information about security for the complete line of Sharp multifunction peripherals and digital systems, contact Sharp Document Solutions Company of America at 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at sharpusa.com or sharpusa.com/security.

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