Kingston Technology Company Inc. has unveiled a USB flash drive said to secure data on the fly via password and 128-bit hardware-based AES encryption.
USB drives have become very popular media, particularly among mobile users, for physically exchanging files. But the act of transferring files in this manner can present severe security and compliance issues when enterprise data is delivered in this fashion, especially if these small devices are lost or stolen.
Offering up to 4 Gbytes of storage, Kingston's DTE Privacy Edition is a plug-and-play USB device targeted to meet enterprise-level security and compliance requirements. In addition to hardware-based encryption and password protocol, the device has a mechanism that locks out would-be attackers after 25 consecutive failed password attempts.
"Securing mobile data is one of the key challenges IT professionals face today," said Mark Leathem, director, digital media business development at Kingston, in a prepared statement. "Many organizations have hundreds of megabytes of critical information stored on personal drives that are potentially at risk to loss or theft. With DTE Privacy Edition, enterprises can support their increasingly mobile workforces with an enterprise-grade storage solution, and have peace of mind that sensitive information is secure."
DTEP Privacy Edition drives are operable from any computer, and do not require admin rights. Available in 256 Mbyte, 512 Mbyte, 1 Gbyte, 2 Gbyte, and 4 Gbyte capacities, running on Windows 2000 SP4 or higher, and Windows XP, the drive is available now on the Kingston Web site.