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Kingston Introduces New Ultra-Secure USB Flash Drive

Kingston Digital this week launched a USB Flash drive that protects sensitive data with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 Validation and 100-percent encryption.

Kingston Digital this week launched a USB Flash drive that protects sensitive data with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 Validation and 100-percent encryption.

The Kingston DataTraveler 6000 (DT6000) is an ideal choice for financial service organizations and government agencies that need the highest level of data protection available. The DT6000 meets data-at-rest regulations and is the most secure USB Flash drive available on the market, the company claims. The DT6000 supports 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using XTS block cipher mode, a technology that provides stronger protection than other block cipher modes such as CBC and ECB. The DT6000 uses ‘military-grade’ elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), which is recommended by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) as part of its Suite B set of cryptographic algorithms.

Kingston DT6000According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, nearly half of organizations surveyed lost sensitive or confidential information on USB drives over the last two years, and that on average 12,000 customer records per organization were lost.

“While enterprises and government agencies need to be able to provide remote and mobile employees access to sensitive and confidential data, establishing security policies and deploying USB products that prevent data loss is as important and immediate as an organization’s network security,” said John Terpening, Secure USB business manager, Kingston.

The FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated USB drive doesn’t store passwords on the device or host systems and can lock down drives after 10 intrusion attempts and destroy the encryption key. The hardware is also designed and assembled in the U.S.

Kingston has kept its focus on the hardware security side. Just recently, IronKey, another provider of highly secure USB drives, sold off its hardware business. In an announcement made earlier this month, IronKey said that Imation will acquire the assets of IronKey’s secure data storage hardware business.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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