Kingston reveals government-grade DataTraveler 5000

By on January 27, 2010, 7:01 PM
Kingston has unveiled its DataTraveler 5000 line of portable USB flash drives, which boasts government-grade, "ultra-secure" data protection. Aimed at enterprise customers, the drives achieved FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification (Level 3 pending) with "SPYRUS" technology, which provides 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, XTS-AES cipher mode, and elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms.

If you're wondering what all of that means, the FIPS 140-2 certification requires a validation process that meets federal standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "Level 2" means that the drives have a tamper-evident construction, and a power-on self test that verifies the encryption mechanism is working every time the drive is plugged into a USB port.

The DataTraveler 5000 are available with onboard anti-malware tools and ship in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities with prices of $111, $185, $231, and $400.

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Guest said:

They may be Gov't Grade, but they are still banned by the DoD...

maestromasada said:

Good! All they have to do now is to encrypt the lemon-ink-4096-bits-per-character the amount on confidential print outs that you could find on the train, right next to one of these sofisticated USB.

I bet it will be cheper to train the users.

Guest said:

"government grade" = it holds a lot of (personal) data and is small enough to be easily lost? ;)

Guest said:

i would seriously NOT recommend government to use this device. 'Ultra Secure' Laugh out Loud, why are they even showing off Fips 140 after their previous product was being cracked.

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