Kingston launches "ultra-secure" DataTraveler 6000 flash drive

By on September 29, 2011, 8:30 AM

Kingston has launched a new "ultra-secure" USB flash drive for government and enterprise organizations that place a high value on data safety. The DataTraveler 6000 boasts Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 Validation and 100% encryption to ensure prying eyes can't access your top-secret information.

The encryption is handled by patented technology from Spyrus that supports 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using the XTS block cipher mode, which is said to be more secure than modes such as CBC or ECB. The drive also uses elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), which is a part of the NSA's Suite B cryptographic algorithms.

The spec sheet is littered with tons of other impressive acronyms if you're fluent in security jargon. The drive forces a complex password so you aren't "protecting" your data with weak credentials and if someone tries to brute force it, the DT6000 locks down after 10 intrusion attempts and the encryption key is destroyed.

Don't think you need that level of security? Kingston cites a Ponemon Institute study that found nearly half of organizations surveyed lost sensitive or confidential information on USB drives over the last two years. On average, 12,000 customer records per organization were lost and many firms have yet to mitigate those risks.

"Having an unecrypted USB drive is a potential data breach in one's pocket," the company said. The DataTraveler 6000 is currently available in 2GB ($100), 4GB ($116), 8GB ($147), and 16GB ($208) capacities. It cites read and write speeds of 11MB/s and 5MB/s over USB 2.0 and units ship with a five-year warranty.

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slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Those are some seriously slow speeds lol.


Security is expensive on 2GB USB drives lol...

Guest said:

It's USB 2.0 and it has a speed up to 11MB/s read, 5MB/s write...

Yeah, It's very slow !!!

Guest said:

Why they hell do you need this crap when you can just use TrueCrypt or FreeOTFE?!?!

... is what I want to say but seriously these are a good idea for people who don't want to mess around with software too much. These just works without any software but they are a bit slow... and expensive. Better safe than losing customer data on a unencrypted drive I think.

Win7Dev said:

Having laptops stolen is a much bigger risk then losing a flash drive. Hard disks can have encryption cracked relatively easily if it was encrypted with truecrypt with the right know how. Who uses self encrypting drives these days though to really protect themselves? I've yet to see a self encrypting ssd either.

Guest said:

@ Win7Dev

Really now? Tell me then. If you use a very secure password, you should be same unless you're talking evil maid here. Otherwise you're fighting against AES here so I don't know what you mean "encryption cracked relatively" here at all.

Eitherway it would be best to use a hardware solution which gets rid of most software get-throughs.

Haven't seen a self-encrypting SSD yet but I have seen a few self-encrypting HDD.

Guest said:

Based on 256-bit AES alone... and for what they're touting this for, I'd expect an option for 1024-bit or 2048-bit.

Guest said:

Quote: "I'd expect an option for 1024-bit or 2048-bit."

You have no clue what you're talking about, do you?

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