Published on July 12th, 2022 | by Andrew Bistak
Kingston Releases Latest Hardware-encrypted Storage Solutions and Versatile USB Drives for Mainstream and Enterprise Users
Taking ahead its legacy of providing best in class portable storage solutions, Kingston Technology, a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced the release the two latest products in its encrypted lineup, IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD (VP80ES) and IronKey Vault Privacy 50 (VP50), perfect for enterprise users and content creators looking for data security. Kingston also expanded its DataTraveler® range by adding Kingston DataTraveler® microDuo™ 3C (DTDUO3CG3) and DataTraveler® Micro (DTMC3G2) USB Flash Drives, to provide mainstream users additional storage for their important files and memories.
Hardware-encrypted Storage Products for Data Security and Protection
Kinston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD (VP80ES) marks Kingston’s first innovative OS-independent external SSD with touchscreen and hardware-encryption for data protection. Using IronKey VP80ES is as innate as unlocking a smartphone and simple drag & drop file transfers. Featuring an intuitive color touchscreen and FIPS 197 certified with XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, the drive is designed to protect data while also being user-friendly, ideal to safeguard against Brute Force attacks and BadUSB with digitally signed firmware for users from small-to-medium businesses (SMB) to content creators. Its military-grade security measures make it greatly superior over using the internet and Cloud services for securing important company information, documents, or high-res images and videos.
Along with its ease of use and hardware encryption, VP80ES offers additional features for data protection, like Multi-Password (Admin/User) Option with PIN/Passphrase modes and Configurable Password Rules. With Admin option, choose between numeric PIN or Passphrase modes, set Configurable Password Rules, or enable extended security options like maximum number of shared password attempts, minimum password length of 6-64 characters, alphanumeric password rules, auto-timeout to lock drive, randomize touch-screen layout and Secure-Erase to ensure maximum protection of your important files. The Admin password can be used to restore data and access should the User password be forgotten. For additional peace of mind, VP80ES’ Brute Force attack protection crypto-erases the drive if the Admin and User passwords are entered incorrectly 15 times1 in a row by default.
The external SSD is bundled with a neoprene travel case and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter cables to easily connect to USB Type-C®2 or Type-A supporting computers and other devices, making it the perfect companion that enables portable productivity and convenience when you need secured data and content on-the-go.
The new encrypted USB drive, IronKey Vault Privacy 50 (VP50) comes with FIPS 197 certification and AES 256-bit hardware-encryption in XTS mode for data security. VP50 supports Admin, User, and One-Time Recovery passwords with Complex or Passphrase modes, and this multi-password option enhances the ability to recover access to data on the drive should one of the passwords be forgotten. The new passphrase mode gives users the ability to have a numeric PIN, sentence, list of words, or even lyrics from 10 to 64 characters long that’s unique, yet memorable to them.
Admin can also enable a User and a One-Time Recovery password or reset the User password to restore data access. In addition, VP50 protects against Brute Force attacks by locking out User or One-Time Recovery passwords upon 10 invalid entries in a row and crypto-erases the drive if the Admin password is entered incorrectly 10 times in a row. So, while data is lost, there’s no fear of a breach.
VP50 also protects against potential malware on untrusted systems, by both Admin and User setting Read-Only mode to write-protect the drive; additionally, the built-in virtual keyboard shields passwords from keyloggers or screen-loggers. Organizations can customize and configure VP50 with a Product ID (PID) for integration with standard Endpoint Management software to meet corporate IT and cybersecurity requirement through Kingston’s Customization Program. Small and Medium Businesses can take advantage of the Admin role to locally manage their drives, e.g. use Admin to configure or reset employee User or One-Time Recovery passwords, recover data access on locked drives, and comply with laws and regulations when forensics are required. VP50 is encrypted storage under the user’s physical control, making it superior to using the internet and Cloud services to safeguard important data.
New DataTraveler® USB Drives for Enhanced Data Storage Mobility
For mobile workers with various devices on hand, DataTraveler® microDuo™ 3C (DTDUO3CG3) offers dual interface that works with both newer USB Type-C®2 and traditional USB Type-A ports, while providing up to 256GB3 of extra storage. The eye-catching form factor offers convenient plug and play connectivity, with USB 3.2 Gen 1 speeds of up to 200MB/s read4, allowing users to transfer files quickly between their smart phones, tablets, and computers. Whether it is for on-the-go (OTG5) work, travel or just out capturing the moments, the DT microDuo 3C is the perfect compact companion to backup and store more.
For those looking for a sleek and modern device to store and move their files, DataTraveler® Micro (DTMC3G2) is an ultra-small and lightweight USB drive, designed for convenient plug-and-stay storage that’s compatible with computers, printers, gaming consoles and more. It delivers USB 3.2 Gen 1 speeds up to 200MB/s read6 and up to 256GB3 capacities to quickly transfer and store large files such as movies, music, games and photos. DT Micro incorporates a low-profile design with premium metal casing and built-in key loop to leave in USB ports without interference.
“As more and more people continue to work from home and outside of company firewalls, we want to provide products of user-friendly military-grade security for our customers as well as small and medium businesses to complement our existing encrypted solutions,” said Kingston. “We also want to empower our users with increased data storage mobility, and we believe the two new DataTraveler USB drives will give ease of carrying important data and memories anytime, anywhere.”
IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD is available in 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB capacities and is backed by a limited three-year warranty; Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 50 is available in capacities from 8GB – 256GB and is backed by a limited five-year warranty, both products are supported with free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. DataTraveler® microDuo™ 3C and DataTraveler® Micro USB drives are backed by a limited five-year warranty, with free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.