Kingston Launches Ultra-Secure Flash Drive for Paranoid Government Workers

Paul Lilly

Ever get the feeling you're being watched? That's because you are. If you're not wearing one of these , stop whatever it is you're doing and go make yourself one. Now that you've thwarted the government from reading your mind, what do you do with all that sensitive data in your possession? Lock it down, of course, and Kingston says you can trust its new DataTraveler 6000 (DT6000) USB flash drive.

The DT6000 is a thumb drive intended for enterprises and government organizations, but also suitable for anyone who often carries around secret documents, incriminating evidences, blackmail photos, and anything else you don't want falling into the wrong hands. It supports 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using XTS block cipher mode, military-grade elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), and passes Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 Validation. Kingston's pitch goes like this:

"While enterprises and government agencies need to be able to provide remote and mobile employees access to sensitive and confidential data, establishing security policies and deploying USB products that prevent data loss is as important and immediate as an organization’s network security," said John Terpening , Secure USB business manager, Kingston. "Using non-secure USB drives makes organizations vulnerable to data loss and breaches that can affect the company’s credibility with its employees, customers and partners. The DT6000 is the most secure USB Flash drive available and will meet the most stringent corporate or government requirements."

Should the drive fall into the wrong hands, it will lock down after 10 intrusion attempts and destroy the encryption key (so try not to lose it). No passwords are stored on the device or host system, and it can operate with AutoRun disabled. The drive also sports some rugged features, starting with a titanium-coated stainless steel casing and finishing with water resistance up to 4 feet.

The DataTraveler is available now in 2GB ($100), 4GB ($116), 8GB ($147), and 16GB ($208) capacities.

Image Credit: Kingston

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