updated 12:35 pm EST, Fri November 16, 2007
NexiONE security device
Nexicon has released NexiONE, a new application that allows users to access their remote computer networks securely from any internet-capable system via a USB thumb drive. NexiONE mitigates the risk of malicious attacks on a computer through security holes in its operating system by connecting to the remote network from its own, proprietary UNIX-based operating system, according to the company. Users insert the NexiONE USB thumb drive in to a computer with internet access, after which NexiONE's operating system automatically connects to the internet and opens a secure connection back to the destination network. NexiONE 1.4 is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2008, with units priced from $300-$500 each.
Once connected, users can securely access software or files stored on the remote network without the need to tote a laptop loaded with specific applications to maintain security.
NexiONE is based upon a software stack that resides on a USB thumb drive. Included on the thumb drive is a live operating system which either runs under Windows or as a fully bootable operating system from BIOS. An advanced encryption algorithm and firewall are also included. Any user who requires access to applications or data on a remote network simply inserts the thumb drive into the USB port of any PC with Internet connectivity, and after entering their user name and password, is automatically brought to their destination network. The connection is completely secure, and after the user removes the thumb stick, there remains no evidence of the user ever having been on the machine. No specific action is required from the user to make this happen beyond inserting the thumb drive and entering their credentials when prompted.
"NexiONE is truly a breakthrough in mobile technology and one that we believe can revolutionize the way today's mobile workforce uses portable technology," said Richard Urrea, CEO of Nexicon.