Kingston Digital has introduced the Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 (KP200), which the company claims is the industry’s first drive to offer a new level of military-grade security for consumer data.
The KP200 features FIPS 140-3 Level 3 security – Approved by the US Department of Commerce in March 2019, FIPS 140-3 Level 3 is currently the highest security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules, replacing FIPS 140-2.
Measures to increase USB security may be urgently needed for consumers and businesses everywhere as they remain a common endpoint used by cybercriminals to infiltrate organizations; Cybersecurity researchers from Red Canary recently discovered a new worm-like malware that spreads offline via infected USBs.
What does it offer?
The new drive offers hardware-based XTS-AES 256-bit encryption as part of a “feature-rich” and OS-independent alphanumeric keyboard.
The KP200 also includes a built-in rechargeable battery, allowing users to unlock the drive with the keyboard for PIN access without using the accompanying software.
Once unlocked, users can access their data by connecting the drive to any device that supports USB Type-A flash memory, making it a plug-and-play device in various IT ecosystems.
In addition, the drive’s circuitry is coated with tamper-resistant, durable epoxy to prevent access to the internal components without damaging them.
The KP200’s keyboard is also covered with a protective polymer layer to prevent fingerprint analysis on the keys.
In addition, KP200 supports a multi-PIN option, allowing the use of separate admin or user PINs. KP200 locks the user PIN after ten failed login attempts, but if both PINs are enabled, the admin can be used to recover a user PIN and access the drive.
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According to Kingston, if the admin PIN itself is entered incorrectly 10 times in a row, the built-in brute-force attack protection will crypto-erase the drive, permanently destroying the data and resetting the device.
Additionally, the KP200 appears to be able to protect against malware from untrusted systems with two different read-only modes, allowing administrators to write-protect the drive during a specific session or globally across user sessions.
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