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January 27, 2010

Kingston Digital rolls out new USB flash drive

Uses XTS cipher mode and elliptic curve cryptography algorithms

By CBR Staff Writer

Kingston Digital has released DataTraveler 5000 USB Flash drive, which features 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and uses XTS cipher mode and elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms.

According to Kingston, the new flash drive utilises Spyrus technology that supports hardware-based 256-bit XTS-AES and Suite B cryptography, including ECC. It has a power-on self test that verifies the encryption mechanism is running properly each time the drive is plugged into a USB port. It is available in 2-, 4-, 8- and 16GB capacities with an onboard malware scanning application.

The new drive measures 77.9mm x 22mm x 12.05mm and supports an operating temperature ranging between 32 degrees F to 140 degrees F and -4 degrees F to 185 degrees F for storage. It is USB 2.0 compliant and 1.1 compatible. The drive locks down after 10 intrusion attempts and encryption key is destroyed and does not store passwords, the company said.

The company said that the new storage drive has secure channel communication and enables digitally signed firmware updates using Suite B SHA-384 and ECDSA P-384. It can operate with AutoRun disabled and enforces tamper-free AutoRun files. In addition, it has preload content, full security policy customisation, casing options and is customisable with malware scanning option.

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Mark Akoubian, business manager of secure USB products at Kingston, said: The DataTraveler 5000 delivers unsurpassed levels of security and encryption to government and enterprise customers. This portable data solution represents state-of-the-art data protection while providing end users with the simplicity of plug and play.

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