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Secure USB 3.0 flash drive receives ultimate seal of approval

by Stephanie Evans, Friday 5 August 2016

datAshur Pro awarded the globally recognised data security benchmark FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, making it the device of choice for organisations large or small

iStorage, the trusted global leader of PIN authenticated, hardware encrypted data storage devices, has received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 accreditation for its datAshur Pro, the PIN authenticated hardware encrypted USB 3.0 flash drive. Globally recognised, the certification demonstrates how the datAshur Pro has passed stringent and rigorous testing procedures, meeting the highest standard set for encryption algorithms and data protection. The FIPS cryptography standard program is considered a benchmark in US government data security.

At a time when data security is high on the agenda for all businesses due to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the FIPS certification will reassure organisations around the world, of the robust level of protection offered by the datAshur Pro. The device incorporates a super-speed USB 3.0 interface and capacities of up to 64GB. Features include an on-board keypad for authentication, which gives the flash drive ultimate protection against software and hardware-based keyloggers. In addition, it incorporates a boot delay feature which means users can boot any operating system directly from the drive.

The drive also incorporates military grade XTS-AES 256-bit hardware encryption, a read-only (write protect) feature, a user configurable timeout lock and brute force hack detection and protection. All of this means the datAshur Pro is ideally positioned to secure data from unauthorised access, even when lost or stolen.

FIPS 140-2 validation is a crucial standard in data security as it is required for products utilising cryptography to be procured by the US government. The standard examines 11 areas of a cryptographic module used by a device’s security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design assurance. It is available in four qualitative levels offering increasing stages of security. FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certifies the datAshur Pro is tamper-evident, employs the highest level of data encryption and thwarts attacks directed at the products’ Critical Security Parameters. “The upcoming General Data Protection Regulation which is set to affect all those dealing with EU data by 2018 means that data security is at the forefront of many organisations agendas,” states John Michael, CEO at iStorage. “We will be working alongside our customers to ensure that they are prepared for this change. This rigorous testing and certification procedure offers reassurance for CIOs and IT Managers at every business that the datAshur Pro meets the strictest standard of data protection, which is a vital and critical requirement for today’s data security environment.”

About iStorage iStorage is the trusted global leader of PIN protected, hardware encrypted data storage devices, that include; USB Flash Drive, Hard Drive, and Solid State Drive formats in capacities up to 8TB. It delivers the most innovative products to securely store and protect data to military specified encryption levels; safeguarding valuable business information whilst ensuring compliance to regulations and directives.

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