Apricorn unveils FIPS 140-2 encrypted USB 3.0 drive
Posted on 22 July 2013.
Apricorn debuted its Aegis Padlock Fortress, a secure drive designed specifically for the stringent requirements of the Government, Military and Healthcare.

The first USB 3.0 hardware encrypted, PIN authenticated drive to receive FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation, meets 11 cryptographic security metrics, covering physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity.

FIPS 140-2 security features:

Secure PIN access – the drive can only be recognized by your computer's OS after the correct 7-16 digit number or word has been entered.

AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption – Protecting 100% of your data, the Padlock Fortress ensures that a user never saves unprotected files to the drive. In addition, all data is safe even if the drive is removed from the enclosure.

Forced enrollment – On first use you are required to setup your own unique PIN.

Encryption keys are randomly generated – allowing unlimited re-deployments of the drive.

Onboard alphanumeric keypad – prevents hardware and software key logging attacks. The embedded keypad also eliminates the need for software and having autorun enabled to authenticate the drive.

Software free design – With zero software footprint, the Padlock Fortress has no Administrator Rights to contend with or software updates to install. Cross platform compatible, the Padlock Fortress works with any OS and integrates seamlessly with other end point security solutions.

Tamper resistant – Epoxy resin protects the encryption circuitry boundary and if tamper with will destroy the circuit board and encryption chip.

Dust and water resistant design – Ideal for travel and harsh environments.

Brute force attack defense mechanism – Crypto erase after a pre-determined number of consecutive failed entries.

Auto-lock – Ideal for protecting your data when you're away from your computer, you can configure the drive to lock after a pre-determined amount of time of your choosing.

Drive reset – Clears all PINs and data, and creates a new randomly generated encryption key, enabling the drive to be reset and redeployed as many times as needed.

Offered in capacities of up to 1TB, the Aegis Padlock Fortress is available either with a high capacity Hard Drive or with a super resilient Solid State Drive. Pricing starts at just $349, providing an affordable, highly scalable solution for companies looking to secure their mobile workforce.


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