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CRU Data Security Group and Digistor Join Forces to Create Comprehensive Secure Data Storage Company

Combination strengthens leadership in secure data protection solutions for government and military agencies and security-conscious organizations around the world

Vancouver, WA — November 9, 2020 — CRU Data Security Group (CDSG), a trusted provider of data security, data transport and disaster-proof data storage devices, today announced its merger with Digistor, a leading manufacturer of secure solid-state drives and removable storage solutions. Adding Digistor to the CDSG family of brands expands and strengthens secure data storage offerings for PC and enterprise OEMs, government agencies and defense and military customers.

Both CDSG and Digistor are well-known providers of secure data storage solutions: CDSG for its CRU removable drive components and Digistor for its industrial-grade, encrypted SSDs, and VaultDisk removable drive components. In addition to uniting product offerings, CDSG will combine sales and go-to-market efforts, manufacturing capabilities, R&D and engineering to uniquely position the company to develop and deliver secure data storage for its shared customer segments.

“Together, CDSG and Digistor can better serve government customers concerned with securing data at rest or during transport,” CDSG President and CEO Randal Barber said. “Our combined 50+ years of expertise and industry leadership position us for accelerated growth in the rapidly evolving world of trusted and secure data storage. We’re thrilled to join forces to create a shared strategic vision and energized commitment to customer success.”

The two companies have complementary product offerings with little overlap, creating a solution that spans laptops, desktops, workstations and into the enterprise and defense storage ecosystems. Each company manufactures components that can be paired with the other’s products to deliver complete, qualified data storage solutions for security-conscious organizations. CDSG will optimize its new SHIPS NVMe ecosystem and CRU removable drives with Digistor SSDs, and Digistor’s product lineup adds net-new offerings for laptops and desktops to enhance CRU’s existing offerings.

Additionally, integrating manufacturing, technology development resources and third-party sales networks will drive more efficient and effective service for CDSG’s entire range of customers—spanning defense and other military agencies, small and medium-sized businesses, entertainment and data centers.

“Together our expertise is a force multiplier for innovation of physical data security and data transport solutions,” Digistor President Lawrence Friss said. “We’re excited to continue and expand our commitment to delivering highly secure data storage across existing and new applications.”

CDSG will continue to sell CRU and Digistor products and invest in the Digistor brand, as well as its ioSafe and WiebeTech brands. Manufacturing and operations functions will take advantage of the resources and facilities at CDSG’s existing Vancouver, Washington location. Digistor’s sales, engineering and other functions will continue to operate from its locations in California, Texas and Idaho. For more information visit

About CDSG
CDSG is a leading provider of high-quality data security, transport and storage devices for government and military agencies, small and medium-sized businesses, the entertainment industry, corporate IT departments, data centers and digital forensic investigators. Its product lineup includes CRU and Digistor secure removable storage, Digistor industrial encrypted SSDs and memory cards, ioSafe disaster proof storage devices and WiebeTech digital investigation devices. Founded in 1986 and based in Vancouver, Washington, CDSG ensures that sensitive, critical information is highly secure through physical data storage. CDSG operates with an unwavering commitment to superior quality, on-time delivery and comprehensive customer service.



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