Kingston has introduced the new Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-validated USB Flash drive named DataTraveler BlackBox. FIPS 140-2 certification requires a validation process that meets federal requirements set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Communications Security Establishment of the Government of Canada.
The DT BlackBox runs a power-on self test which verifies that the encryption architecture is functioning each time it is plugged into a USB port. Moreover the new BlackBox USB drive boasts 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption via a dedicated processor which automatically encrypts and decrypts data on the fly.
In addition, the drive locks itself after ten consecutive unsuccessful password attempts. Hence, unauthorized access is restricted. This feature is extremely useful if the drive is stolen or lost.
“We are very excited that our DataTraveler BlackBox met all federal requirements established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),” said Mark Akoubian, Flash memory product manager, Kingston.
“This certification, along with other enhanced security features makes the DT BlackBox an ideal way to store and transport confidential documents with the utmost confidence that the data is secure,” continued Akoubian.
Some of the key features and specifications of the DataTraveler BlackBox are:
The BlackBox is now available in three capacities 2GB, 4GB and 8GB at the prices of $165, $242 and $424 respectively.