Kingston has announced a couple of new items on the block to spice up the security access of flash drives for those who are looking to protect their offsite data by carrying them around.
Starting off the list are the new IronKey series Vault Privacy 50 and Vault Privacy 80 but both of them serve their client range in a bit different way. For the Vault Privacy 50, it is basically an encrypted USB drive packed with FIPS 197 certification and AES 256-bit hardware encryption in XTS mode to deter any basic level of cracking and it also supports Admin User and One Time Recovery passwords in Complex / Passphrase modes with the latter one provides multiple ways of authentication such as numeric PIN, sentence, list of words, or even lyrics from 10 to 64 characters long. To protect against unauthorized access, lockdown occurs upon 10 invalid entries in a row and crypto-erasing engages if the same is done for the Admin password. For large-scale deployment, IT admins can add Product ID to track, manage, and reset each unique unit as needed. Additionally, the Read-Only Mode and Virtual Keyboard add more protection against things like keyloggers and stuff.
On the other hand, the Vault Privacy 80 is Kingston’s first OS-independent external SSD completed with touchscreen and hardware encryption in one go. Using the same FIPS 197 certified with XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, it has all the protection features as the prior VP50 and on top of it, it can safeguard against brute force and BadUSB attacks thanks to the digitally signed firmware so any user that frequents cloud services can feel safe downloading sensitive info into the VP80 drive. For the lockdown and crypto-erasing nuking protection, the limit is increased to 15 as opposed to 10. Additionally, it is bundled with a neoprene travel case and 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter cables to easily connect to computers via USB-C or USB-A. Capacity-wise, there are 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB variants to choose from.
For the average person that is not so tense about security, the new DataTraveler microDuo 3C provides a dual USB-C and USB-A connection in its compact form with 256GB capacity to offer large and easy plug-and-play connectivity. Running up to 200MBps read via USB 3.2 Gen 1 protocol, transfer your files quickly between any smartphones, tablets, and computers. For the DataTraveler Micro, it only has USB-A but everything else is the same as the microDuo 3C but housed within a premium metal casing.
These new Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy and DataTraveler series products are available for purchase from today.