USB memory sticks have become ubiquitous – but their very pervasiveness could represent a major security challenge for companies. Now SanDisk has joined forces with some of the world's major security vendors to help plug this hole. 

The SanDisk Enterprise Solutions Technology Alliance (SESTA) will allow partners to evaluate compatibility and interoperability of their products with SanDisk's secure portable hardware and supporting software, as well as join with SanDisk to raise awareness of best practices in endpoint and portable data security. The alliance includes names such as Check Point Software Technologies, Citrix Systems, McAfee, RSA, EMC and VeriSign.
Roy Ramati, vice-president and GM: Enterprise Division at SanDisk, comments: "These industry leaders are joining with us because they recognize the importance IT managers and security executives place on the interoperability of IT solutions.  Beyond compatibility testing, we hope SESTA will be a launch pad for numerous strategic and technology alliances among partners to help our mutual customers cope with their ongoing security challenges."
Bob Egner, vice-president of product management at Check Point Software Technologies, says: "Small devices with large storage capacities are very convenient for employees on the go.  But enterprises need to control the balance between end user convenience and the security of their information. We are now exploring how Check Point's data security products can work with SanDisk's enterprise storage solutions to secure sensitive data in a mobile work environment."
Chris Fleck,vice-president of Partner Development at Citrix Systems, adds: "As the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, itrix is always looking to simplify information access. We believe SESTA ill help us develop new ways of delivering that access through SanDisk's ecure portable storage devices."
Other companies among the founding partners of SESTA include Applied Identity, Centennial Software, ControlGuard, Diversinet, Dmailer, LC Technology International, Lumension Security, Promisec, RedCannon Security, Safend, Secuware, SmartLine, Sweet Spot Solutions, Tablus and Vericept.
SESTA provides technical and marketing support to partners who want to evaluate and promote the compatibility of their products with SanDisk's offerings for the enterprise market. The alliance is also intended as a resource for IT professionals to learn how offerings from SanDisk and SESTA partners work together to provide comprehensive enterprise storage solutions.
SanDisk's current offerings for the enterprise market include the CruzerR Enterprise USB flash drive with virtually ironclad data security through hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption, and SanDisk CMC (Central Management & Control) client/server software, which allows an IT department to remotely manage Cruzer Enterprise drives. CMC features include password recovery and renewal through the network, remote termination of lost drives, central back-up and restore, and central usage tracking and auditing.