Route1 Inc.

Route1 Inc.

June 16, 2011 08:00 ET

Understanding the Reality of Data Security: Comparing Route1 to a USB Flash Drive Solution

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2011) - Route1 Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ROI) ("Route1" or the "Company"), a security and identity management company, responding to the recent outbreak of high profile security breaches today issued this, the first of a series of releases comparing prevalent solutions employed by governments and enterprises.

Recent breaches at The International Monetary Fund, Citigroup, RSA, Lockheed Martin and Sony, to name only a few, underscore the vulnerability of networks to increasingly aggressive cyber-criminals no matter how large or sophisticated the organization involved.

Many breaches occur as a result of opportunities created for cyber-criminals when legitimate users access networks remotely, or physically transport data from their network on portable storage devices or PCs. As data is transmitted between networks and remote users through the internet, it becomes vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks or malware. Portable storage devices and PCs are vulnerable to theft or hacking. The simplest of tasks, undertaken by remote users, can result in massive breaches.

Three questions must be answered to create a secure remote access solution that protects networks:

  1. Access: Can people use the resources of the network wherever they are?
  2. Data security: How can the organization ensure that its data cannot be accessed, stolen or tampered with by the wrong people?
  3. Entitlement management: How does the organization ensure that only the right people can access the data and that only the right data is available to those people?

This release compares how Route1 answers these questions compared to USB Flash Drive providers such as IronKey.

The Route1 Solution

Route1 provides a unique integrated solution which offers the following benefits:

  • Enterprise data stays within enterprise firewalls. Data is not moved outside the network
  • Authenticates the individual user's identity using multiple factors. Many solutions authenticate against the remote PC not the user
  • Offers remote users exactly the same access that they have at their office – they are actually working on their office computer in real time
  • Protects against man-in-the-middle attacks and malware
  • Requires no software installation on the remote PC – any internet enabled PC can be used
  • Leaves no footprint on the remote PC – no data is transferred, leaving nothing on the remote device
  • Integrates seamlessly into existing IT infrastructure, requiring no additional servers or network upgrades or configuration changes
  • Offers very quick installation on the host computer – and is supported by a highly regarded help desk

Route1's MobiNET platform, TruOFFICE software application, and MobiKEY device combine to deliver this unique bundle of benefits providing secure identity management and data access. The MobiNET provides universal identity and access management and is also the service delivery platform. It is driven by the identity of the user, not the PC they are using or where the data is housed. With a MobiKEY device, a user can be individually, consistently and accurately identified by the MobiNET platform. No data is stored on the device itself. If the device is lost or stolen, data and network security are not compromised.

The USB Flash Drive Solution

USB Flash Drive providers offer an encrypted data storage solution, not a real-time secure remote access solution. A USB Flash Drive provides static access to a user's files. When online again, files must then be re-synced with the office PC. Using a USB Flash Drive, sensitive network data/files can be transferred to a remote PC and possibly left on that PC. A footprint is also left on that PC. Access is limited to the information that has been downloaded to the USB Flash Drive. Secure, real-time remote access would require the integration of an additional solution.

Route1USB Flash Drive
Real time access to the user's office desktop Static access to user's files if the USB Flash Drive has sufficient storage capacity
No re-syncing of files/data with office PC required
Files need to be re-synced with office PC upon return, rendering the computer out-of-date until this is completed
User can begin work on their computer upon immediate return to the office May also require valuable Administrator time should a mishap occur during the re-sync
All data and files remain behind enterprise firewalls Data and files can be transferred to the remote PC and could accidentally be left on the remote PC
If the remote PC crashes and the user is unable to fix the crash, this can also result in files/data being left on the remote PC
No data footprint on the remote PC Footprint left on the remote PC
Absolutely no virus, malware or keyboard loggers get propagated into the client network Potential for transfer of virus from remote PC through files being accessed by applications in the USB Flash Drive which make use of the local Operating System facilities
User has full access to all of the network resources, information, data and drives for which they are authorized Access is limited to the files and data the user has downloaded onto the USB Flash Drive
An additional solution would be required to securely access network resources
All email correspondence is sent/received through the user's office PC, behind network firewalls Additional secure email solution required
Instant and safe disconnection
Need to properly close down all applications in order not to lose data or files being worked on
There is no need to close down applications or save files Non-secure personnel may see screen as this is taking place

Attacks on enterprise networks and data will continue to increase but so will the need of organizations to provide secure remote access to increasingly mobile work-forces. As enterprises and governments evaluate the wide range of solutions that purport to solve this critical need, they can test those solutions by judging how effectively they answer the three critical questions of Access, Data Security and Entitlement Management.


Route1 delivers industry-leading security and identity management solutions to enterprises worldwide – businesses, government and military which need universal, secure access to all digital resources and sensitive data. These customers depend on The Power of MobiNET - Route1's communications and service delivery platform. MobiNET provides identity assurance and individualized access to networks and data. Route1's patented solutions are based on FIPS 140-2 cryptographic modules, and simplify the process of meeting increasingly stringent regulatory requirements for privacy and security. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Route1 is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. For more information, visit our website at:

This news release, required by applicable Canadian laws, and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

© Route1 Inc., 2011. All rights reserved. Route1, the Route1 and shield design Logo, SECURING THE DIGITAL WORLD, Mobi, MobiSecure, Route1 MobiKEY, Route1 MobiVDI, MobiKEY, MobiKEY IBAD, DEFIMNET, MobiNET, Route1 MobiNET, TruOFFICE, TruFLASH, TruOFFICE VDI, MobiKEY Fusion, EnterpriseLIVE, EnterpriseLIVE VO, MobiNET Agent and MobiKEY Classic, are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Route1 Inc. in the United States and or Canada. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. The DEFIMNET and MobiNET platforms and the MobiKEY, MobiKEY Classic and MobiKEY Fusion devices are protected by U.S. Patents 7,814,216 and 7,739,726, and other patents pending.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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