What Sharp has managed to do is the following:
- Sharp is the first and only office products company to offer Common Criteria certified solutions for two complete lines of widely used office products. The company announced its first Common Criteria validated product in April 2001. To date, Sharp is still the only office products company shipping copier/printer/scanner product in the U.S. that has been validated under the NIAP Common Criteria program.
- This is the first printer solution to be Common Criteria-validated.
- This is the first multifunctional fax solution to be Common Criteria-validated.
The newest version of Sharp's Data Security Kit specifically addresses security concerns relative to networked office products. Using federal
government endorsed AES 128 bit encryption, Sharp's Data Security Kit encrypts all data before it is stored in the product's RAM or hard drive. The Data Security Kit then "sanitizes" the RAM and clears the hard disk by overwriting the stored encrypted data up to seven times, offering an unprecedented level of assurance. Automatic encryption of all stored data provides assurance that confidential data is unrecoverable even in the event of power failures that would prevent the overwrite software from executing.
Sharp also released a greatly enhanced network interface card for the same MFP series, offering such security features as IP filtering, MAC-address filtering and port and protocol controls.
Peter Cybuck, Senior Manager, Solution Business Development, Sharp Electronics said: "Improved network security, which complements the validated memory security solution, will provide the level of assurance customers need to safely connect Sharp MFPs in today's increasingly threatened networks."