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Howard County General Hospital in Maryland Selects SanDisk Secure Flash Drives and Management Software

Jul 14, 2008

Confidential Medical And Organizational Data Now Secured With SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise USB Flash Drives, Managed By SanDisk CMC Software

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA, July 14, 2008 SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced that Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland, has selected SanDisk's Cruzer® Enterprise secure USB flash drives and Central Management & Control (CMC) server software to protect highly confidential medical and organizational data.

Cruzer_Enterprise_FIPSEditionPart of the Johns Hopkins Medicine health care system, which includes the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) is a comprehensive medical center providing services to more than 165,000 people a year, with a staff of 1,700 full-time and part-time employees, as well as more than 800 physicians and other allied health professionals.

HCGH recently purchased SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise drives to provide on request to managers in all departments of the hospital, and subsequently purchased SanDisk CMC software to manage those drives through the hospital's network.

SanDisk_CMC_box"Few types of information are more confidential than patient records, making data security a top priority in health care," said Rick Edwards, Senior Director and Chief Information Officer for HCGH. "We selected the SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise drive because security is not an option - all files are encrypted and password protected. We added SanDisk CMC software so our IT staff can have more control over data stored on USB flash drives, as well as the ability to remotely supervise day-to-day tasks such as password management and backup."

"We are honored that Howard County General Hospital, a leader in adopting new health care IT solutions, is turning to SanDisk to help make data in use more secure," said Roy Ramati, Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Division at SanDisk. "Looking beyond security, we believe HCGH will appreciate how CMC can increase the IT staff's visibility into how the drives are used."

SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise flash drives protect all files stored on the drive with advanced hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption. Users are also required to create a complex password during the set-up process. The combination of encryption and password protection makes it extremely difficult for unauthorized users to access data if the drive is lost or stolen. Cruzer Enterprise is also fast, with read speed of 24 megabytes (MB) per second and write speed of 20 MB/sec1.

SanDisk CMC software provides lifecycle management for Cruzer Enterprise drives, including password recovery and renewal through the network, remote termination of lost drives, central back-up and restore, and central usage tracking. This means data is not lost when a drive is lost, and IT administrators can provision a replacement flash drive with user files stored on the network.

SanDisk, a global leader in USB flash drives, is driving the convergence of secure portable storage, identity management and virtualization through its Enterprise Division to create a comprehensive solution for mobile professionals in enterprises and government agencies. Today, SanDisk's Enterprise Division offers solutions for identity management and for securely storing and managing enterprise data, within and outside the enterprise environment. With the upcoming introduction of virtualization capabilities, SanDisk expects to allow IT managers to boost employee productivity by mobilizing the corporate computing environment through flexible, secure solutions that also reduce total cost of ownership. More information is available at

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SanDisk Corporation, the inventor and world's largest supplier of flash storage cards, is a global leader in flash memory - from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk ( is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.

1 Based on SanDisk internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes.

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