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Kingston Builds Super-Secure Encrypted USB Protected with Keypad

Comes with AES 256-bit encryption and brute-force protectionKingston has announced the launch of a new USB drive series aimed at IT professionals on the go, who need a thumb drive that’s, above all, secure and tamper-proof.

The new Kingston DataTraveler 2000 was created for the sole purpose of providing top-notch security for important files that need to be transported from one location to another, and for preventing unauthorized personnel from having a look-see inside thumb drives forgotten on a desk or lost in or outside the office.

The DataTraveler 2000 features hardware-based, full disk AES 256-bit data encryption in XTS mode, and also comes with an innovative PIN pad embedded right on the USB drive’s casing.

Each time someone wants to access the thumb drive’s data or plugs the drive into a new computer, they’ll have to enter the alpha-numeric PIN code before being granted access.

DataTraveler 2000 features brute-force protection

Protection against brute-force attacks on the PIN code is also included, and the drive auto-locks by deleting the encryption key and password files after ten invalid login attempts.

Additionally, the DataTraveler can also be configured to auto-lock each time it’s removed from an authenticated computer, requiring the PIN every time it’s inserted into a host, new or previously authorized.

Everything is self-contained, no software needed on host machines, and the USB stick is also encased in an aluminum shell that’s dust- and water-resistant.

Kingston’s new product comes with cross-OS support, even ChromeOS and Android, and ships in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. The DataTraveler 2000 should hit the market towards the end of Q1 2016.

Many surveys carried out by cyber-security vendors have pointed out that most high-level executives fear insider threats more than a data breach. Kingston’s new DataTraveler series might help some managers feel at ease when it comes to employee data access restrictions.

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