Most of us have a few USB flash drive these days, considering the extremely low prices that flash memory has dropped to. However, many of us USB flash drive owners don’t really think about security in the event where our little peripherals go missing out of carelessness, forgetfulness or theft. Imagine the sleepless night that would ensue if you have mission critical and sensitive data on it – not a nice thought to have, that’s for sure. Kingston understands this, and have unveiled their latest DataTraveler 500 which is a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified with Level 3 pending device, boasting 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption. Apart from that, the DataTraveler 5000 will utilize XTS cipher mode as well as elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms in order to meet Suite B standards approved by the U.S. government.
The DataTraveler 5000 uses patented Secured by SPYRUS technology that supports hardware-based 256-bit XTS-AES and Suite B cryptography, including ECC, as mentioned above. For the layman, Suite B algorithms would be specifically selected and approved by the U.S. government and the Department of Defense, where it will see action in multinational data sharing environments that comprise of both classified and unclassified applications. After all, if you can’t trust the government, who else can you trust, right? As for XTS-AES mode, this cipher mode for encryption is superior to CBC, ECB and other modes.
Depending on your business or enterprise needs, the Kingston DataTraveler 5000 USB flash drive will come in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. There is an option to pick up one of these to include a pre-loaded Malware scanning application, while U.S. government customers are offered a variety of Trade Agreement Act-compliant (TAA) products and has a dedicated federal sales team in place. The 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB DataTraveler 5000 will retail for $111, $185, $231 and $400, respectively.