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New Feature Spotlight:
Forced Enrollment

Jun 26, 2015 | Store Owner

What is Forced Enrollment

Generally speaking, the weakest links in any data security plan are the access codes or PINs. It’s common knowledge that PINs that are too simple are about as effective as having no PIN at all. Forced Enrollment focuses on a different PIN weakness. One that stems from devices shipped with factory preset PINs. While factory preset PINs are common and widely used, there exists a very real opportunity to skip the factory PIN replacement step and put these drives into service with publicized PINs still enabled to authenticate them. Most people know that the preset PIN has to be changed at initial setup, but surprisingly, there are a few who don’t. To ease the minds of CISOs everywhere, we’ve sidestepped this potential vulnerability by eliminating the factory-preset PIN on the Secure Key 3.0 altogether. And since all of the Secure Key’s use and setup requires a 7-16 digit PIN to unlock it, the establishment of a unique admin PIN has to happen first, which is exactly what Forced Enrollment ensures. Simply put, we’ve taken the critically important security measure of unique PIN creation a step further by forcing this process to the very front of the Secure Key’s setup.

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Summary:

 

In any market where IP owners value the security and safeguarding of data, it may be preferable to move files on encrypted flash drives rather than over the public Internet and well-traveled networks. Such flash drives will let the user authenticate his or her identity either with software via an application that runs on the host system or without software. Both approaches have their respective pros and cons. In this paper, we will explore the merits of both flash drive models and recommend which user priorities will be best aligned with each drive type.

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Why is "Modes" Plural?
Because the Secure Key 3 has a separate Read-Only mode for both the Administrator as well as the User, expanding its functionality after deployment in the field. Prior to deployment, the Secure Key's Admin can set the drive to be Read-Only. After deployment, the User can also set the drive to Read-Only as well.


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What is Programmable Brute Force?
After a programmable number (up to 20) of incorrect PIN entry attempts, the Aegis Secure Key will conclude that it is under Brute Force Attack and will respond by performing a crypto-erase – deleting the encryption key which will render all of the key’s data useless.


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New Feature Spotlight:
Lock Override

Jan 29, 2015 | Store Owner

What is Lock Override?
 
For security reasons all of our Aegis Secure Drives are designed to automatically lock when they sense a re-enumeration signal from the host.
 
For example, this default setting would prevent a secure drive that is plugged into a powered USB hub, from having the hub plugged into another host without the secure drive locking.





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Apricorn’s New Aegis Padlock DT FIPS Adds an Even Higher Level of Security to its Biggest, Fastest Desktop Data Storage Unit with FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validation

Poway, CA – May XX, 2014 – Apricorn  (www.apricorn.com), a leading designer and manufacturer of data security products for business, military, and government, has raised the bar by elevating the security level of their workhorse desktop drive. The combination of USB 3.0 speed, high-capacity storage (up to 6TB), and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated security makes this drive one of the most user-friendly / hacker-hostile data storage units in existence.

 

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FIPS 140-2 Validated USB 3.0 Solid State Drive Built for Extreme Conditions

Poway, Calif. Feb 26th, 2014 – Apricorn, (www.apricorn.com) a leading designer and manufacturer of secure mobile storage products, has expanded into the rapidly growing ruggedized space with its new, super tough encrypted USB 3.0 solid state drive. Constructed with military grade durability and FIPS 140-2 validated security, the Aegis Padlock SSD is designed specifically to meet the stringent and rigorous needs of Government, Military and Law Enforcement.

Boasting a crush resistant, aluminum enclosure rated to over 6500 lbs, the Aegis Padlock SSD is both water resistant and impervious to dust and grit, making this secure USB 3.0 solid state drive as tough as they come. With no moving parts, the drive is drop and vibration resistant, unaffected by high humidity and works in extreme temperatures.

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Squadra’s Secure Removable Media Manager Adds Centralized Security, Data Tracking and Reporting to Apricorn’s Encrypted Drives

Poway, Calif. Dec 4th, 2013 – Apricorn, (www.apricorn.com) a leader in data security products for business, today announced its partnership with Squadra Technologies to provide enterprise security software to its Aegis Secure USB Drives. Squadra’s Secure Removable Media Manager (SecRMM) is a perfect companion to the Aegis family and prevents sensitive data from being copied to removable media by unauthorized personnel, creating centralized control for administrators that enhance the endpoint security created by Apricorn’s Secure Drives.

Implementing Squadra’s SecRMM console with Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Drives enables organizations to white list devices, track when a file is transferred to a drive or any other removable device, correlate that event to an individual device user, and if necessary take appropriate measures to protect corporate data all while producing an auditable activity report. SecRMM also has the ability to restrict the copying of specific files and folders with pinpoint accuracy. Using pre-defined criteria, including User IDs and Serial Numbers, an IT department is able to easily enhance and enforce their DLP strategy.

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Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key Now Rated Even Tougher

Crush Resistant Aluminum Casing Now Certified Against Dust and Water

Poway, CA – February 27th, 2013 – After receiving its FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validation for security, Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key has now received an additional certification for Water and Dust Resistance, the IP57 certification. The Ingress Protection (IP) rating is an international standard that tests electrical products against two main environmental factors, liquids and dust. The testing is done independently by a 3rd party and involves two separate tests. In order to receive the certification, the Aegis Secure Key was subjected to a dust chamber for 8 hours and submerged in a water tank at 1 meter for 30 minutes, after which the Secure Key was tested for functionality, and inspected for water and dust in its electronics.

“The FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation speaks volumes about protecting data in routine government, military, forensics, finance, and healthcare applications”, said Mike McCandless, VP of Sales and Marketing. “However, protecting data often goes well beyond encryption. Combining the IP57 certification to the crush resistant aluminum case will broaden the applications for the Aegis Secure Key, and provide additional assurance that the data is protected and available when needed.”



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Poway, CA – February 27th, 2013 – Apricorn, a leading manufacturer of secure encrypted USB drives for government, healthcare and business today announced its FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation for the Aegis Secure Key. The encrypted flash drive incorporates secure PIN authentication via an embedded keypad and 256-bit AES hardware encryption, providing 100% hardware based security solution. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) is regarded as the benchmark in government data security; the rigorous testing procedures demonstrate the highest standard set for encryption algorithms and data protection implementation.

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Poway, CA – February 6th, 2013 – Apricorn, a leader in data security products for business, today announced the Aegis Bio 3.0, an innovative ‘software free’ biometric USB 3.0 drive that safeguards data with secure fingerprint access and military grade 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption. The Aegis Bio is cross platform compatible with USB 3.0 performance. Its compact durable design with integrated USB cable is perfect for the office or taking sensitive data on the road. Available with either a hard drive or SSD the Aegis Bio’s 1TB model is priced at $249.

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Poway, CA – October 24th, 2012 – Apricorn today announced the latest addition and now the fastest of its popular Velocity Solo Desktop SSD Upgrade line, the Velocity Solo X2. It’s the first PCIe 2.0 x2 lane card available that is capable of delivering speeds upwards of 550 MBs when used with a single super fast SATA III (6 Gb/s) 2.5” SSD.

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WIRED Editor's Choice

The Aegis Padlock is fast and brawny -- its USB 3.0 data transfers are nearly 10 times quicker than USB 2.0, and the built-in AES encryption chip (choose between 128- and 256-bit protection) is coated in epoxy, which can't be compromised without damaging the circuitry beyond repair.

Though muscular, the 6.2-ounce Padlock is small enough to slip into your pocket, and it comes with an integrated USB cable you'll never lose. The keypad is large and easy to type on, and because it has both numbers and letters (just like a telephone), passcodes can be a string of digits or a phrase.

Clearly aimed at the corporate market, the Padlock is still a reasonable choice for individuals who want its lightning-quick performance and double-edged security. The drive comes formatted for Windows but will work with Mac and Linux systems as well with a reformat.

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Poway, CA – April 25, 2012 – Apricorn, a leading designer and manufacturer of data security products for business, has announced a new and improved version of its popular Aegis Padlock drive, the Aegis Padlock 3.0. The reinvented Aegis Padlock 3.0 combines a super fast integrated USB 3.0 cable - increasing data transfer speeds by over 500% over the USB 2.0 version, enhanced AES-XTS hardware encryption, software free design, plus new security features to create a powerful data storage device perfect for taking your data on the road.

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External hard drives are a dime a dozen. That's not exactly true of course but we certainly are not lacking for choice. I've got half a dozen of them scattered around my workplace or in my desk drawers but none is as safe as this latest product from Apricorn: a 3TB USB 3.0 unit with keypad encryption. And that's not all so let's have a good look at the Aegis Padlock DT.

Apricorn has brought out a slew of encrypted hard drives with keypads over the years. We have reviewed a few as well as many other external drive solutions from Poway, California, where they are based. We never failed to be impressed with what Apricorn has sent us and many of their products have garnered our Editor's Choice Award.

So, expectations are high. The build quality is outstanding: the unit feels very solid, a tad heavy, and no visible screws on the enclosure. That's a good thing because this is supposed to be a very secure device. Most notable is the keypad with above that a small LED panel. There are ventilation openings at the front and the back has a switch for the 12 V power pack and the USB 3.0 port. The keypad is decidedly bigger than the one on the USB flash drive we reviewed not so long ago but the procedure for entering your own unique pin is very similar.

When you first hook up the drive (there is really no installation process as the drive works straight out of the box with any Windows machine-for Mac units it needs a reformat) you can put in the default pin but the whole point of course is to assign your own key to the device. If you need to share your data up to 5 personal pin numbers can be assigned.

Encryption is again to military standards and you have a choice between AES 128 and 256 bit encryption. The difference? In price only 10 bucks for the stronger type. If you're not in the military or have supersensitive projects you're working on, the 128 bit will do just fine.

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Highly recommended!
Or if you are mathematically inclined our score of would be a 9/10.


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Poway, CA – February 2, 2012 – Apricorn, a leading designer and manufacturer of data security products for business, has expanded their award winning Aegis Secure Drives to the desktop environment with the announcement of a new, powerful desktop edition, the Aegis Padlock DT. Sporting a spacious capacity of up to 3 TB with a Super Speed USB 3.0 interface, the Aegis Padlock DT not only provides immense storage and lightning fast access speeds, but also protects its data with seamless AES-XTS hardware encryption and secure PIN access. With its software free design, simple setup and starting price of $229, the Aegis Padlock DT provides a complete data storage solution that is affordable, secure and effortless to deploy in a demanding office environment.

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PC Mag Editor's Choice

This is essentially a USB stick with a combo lock on it. The stick contains a 0-9 keypad arranged in two rows of five, plus a key with a key icon on it and three LED indicators. An aluminum enclosure that is dust and water resistant covers the stick when you carry it around.

Using the device is simple and, once activated, works as fast as a typical USB stick. To activate the stick you press the key icon, enter a 7-15 digit pin and then connect it to your PC or other device. The device comes up just like any other USB device, installing its drivers the first time you use it. Once connected, all data moved to the drive is encrypted in real-time with 256-bit AES CBC (cipher-block chained) hardware encryption. After you’re finished copying or moving your files to the device, you just pull it out of the PC and off you go, knowing that no one can access those files except you, thus protecting your data if the drive is lost or stolen.

Like its previous products in this category, Apricorn goes the whole nine yards in trying to protect your data from getting into the wrong hands. Besides encryption, there’s protection against brute force attacks, keystroke logging, and physical tampering of the device. For example, internal drive components are protected by a super tough epoxy compound that is virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the electronics. This prevents a potential hacker from accessing the encryption circuitry and launching a variety of potential attacks.

I tried the Aegis Secure Key on a couple of Windows PCs, but it also works with other OSs including the Apple Mac, Linux, Android and Symbian. So, not only can you use the device with PCs, but also with tablets and mobile devices that contain USB ports. Pricing starts at $95 for the 8 GB model and $125 for the 16 GB model.

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Aegis Secure Key Product Review

Dec 21, 2011 | Apricorn

Digital Reviews Aegis Secure Key

What a nifty, brilliant device! That's my first reaction when I opened up the nonretail packaging that Apricorn sent it in. On the outside it is rather nondescript but when you pull the cover off it looks like a mini Fort Knox with three LEDs, 10 buttons for inputting your pin number and a slightly larger button with a key symbol on it. Is this the most secure USB key? Well, let's put in the default pin to get started and let's find out.

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PC Mag Editor's Choice

When you need to transport highly sensitive data, sending it in email or over the Internet may not be such a great idea. Transporting a physical drive holding the encrypted data significantly reduces points of possible exposure. Even so, a determined hacker could attack the decryption software, possibly compromising the data. The fully self-contained Aegis Secure Key ($65 direct) uses an onboard PIN pad rather than relying on software. That $65 price gets you a 4GB unit; 8GB and 16GB devices can be had for $95 and $125 respectively.

Since no software is needed, you can use the drive with any USB-capable device, regardless of the operating system. Windows, Mac OS, Linux—even a proprietary device with a proprietary operating system would be fine as long as it supports USB.

Button-based Configuration

In many ways Aegis Secure Key resembles LOK-IT Secure Flash Drive ($76.25 direct, 4 stars). That's only natural, as both license some basic technology from the same source. Both work with any USB-capable operating system, both use an onboard PIN pad for access, both destroy the stored data after ten bad guesses, and so on. However, there are some significant differences.

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Poway, CA – December 15, 2011 – Apricorn, the leader in personal storage, today announced the Mac Edition of their Aegis NetDock ($229 for 1TB model), an ultra-compact 3 in 1 USB Docking Station, combining a 4-port USB Hub, dual layer DVD burner and 1TB hard drive in a footprint smaller than a stapler. An ideal accessory to Apple’s MacBook Air, the Aegis NetDock instantly adds desktop functionality with a single USB connection.

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Apricorn's upgrade kit lets you use SATA 3.0 hard drives and SSDs in an older PC.

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If you're contemplating the cost of a new Windows-based computer to catch up with SATA 3.0 hard drives, you might be able to get away with just a $49 investment rather than a complete PC overhaul. Apricorn's Velocity Solo upgrade kit gives you access to SATA 3.0 hard drives and SSDs -- all you need is an x1 PCIe 2.0 slot -- and a SATA 3.0 drive, of course.

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Poway, CA – December 7, 2011 – Apricorn, a leading manufacturer of data security products for government, healthcare and business, today announced the addition of the Aegis Secure Key - a USB Encrypted Flash Drive - to its secure drive offering. Built around an alphanumeric keypad for secure PIN access and featuring real-time military grade AES CBC 256-bit hardware encryption, Apricorn’s latest product offering provides powerful data security that is simple to use. Ideal for travel with its water and dust resistant aluminum casing, tamper resistant circuitry, slim design and attractive $65 price point (for 4 GB model), the Aegis Secure Key provides a compelling feature set for anyone looking to secure their data.

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Poway, CA – October 25, 2011 – Apricorn is reacting to this disaster as quickly as possible. However, as a result of this disaster pricing is subject to change daily and we are unable to commit to pricing on any scheduled orders. We will accept scheduled orders, which will help to secure your allocation of drives, and if the price is changed prior to shipment we will contact you to confirm the new price, or provide you the option of canceling your order.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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Poway, CA – September 7, 2011 – Today Apricorn announced the enhancement of its popular SATA Wire Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit with a super fast USB 3.0 interface. The new connection allows for upgrade speeds up to 10x faster than with traditional USB 2.0. Priced at just $29 and bundled with Apricorn’s popular EZ Gig Cloning Software, the all inclusive upgrade kit provides a USB 3.0 connection to ANY 2.5” SATA notebook hard drive or SSD (solid state drive), providing a fast and affordable way to upgrade your notebook’s performance and capacity.

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Poway, CA – August 10, 2011 – Apricorn today announced the introduction of its Velocity Solo SSD Upgrade Kit for desktop computers, an easy to install solution for instantly increasing your desktop system’s performance. Created specifically for standard desktop systems, the Velocity Solo is an industry standard PCIe 2.0 x1 card designed to add a 2.5” Solid State Drive (SSD) via a super fast SATA III (6 Gbps) connection. The Solo also provides an additional SATA III data connection that can be used to connect to another SSD or HDD to provide expanded high speed storage. Priced at $49 and bundled with Apricorn’s EZ Gig Cloning Software, the Velocity Solo offers an affordable solution for boosting desktop performance.

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Tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other disasters in different parts of the country this year have brought the importance of disaster protection and backup to mind for accountants and their clients.

One company that specializes in secure backup protection is Apricorn, whose line of password-encrypted portable hard drives is designed to keep sensitive data protected from not only natural disasters, but also prying eyes.

 

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Shouldn’t we all be taking stock of our Disaster Readiness Plans? Sure, we all know the importance of keeping our most important documents, such as birth certificates and Social Security Cards safe. Whether than be in a fireproof safe in the floor of your home or in a safety deposit box off site. But shouldn’t we also consider keeping an electronic version of these as well? When an emergency strikes we often don’t have much time or space to take our most important belongings with us. In these cases, picking a small drive with an electronic version of our most important documents is much easier than trying to pull files and folders from filing cabinets or safes. And these documents are easily accessible, an important thing to consider especially when returning to your home quickly may not be an option. What drive you use is just as important as what you put on it. 

 

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Most notebooks and netbooks come with a hard drive that is simply too small. With our digital packrat mentality, let’s face it that 250 GB or 320 GB just does not cut it anymore. Clearly there is a need for storage expansion, however, there is always a danger of taking sensitive information onto a portable platform. Filling the need for such a device is the Aegis Padlock which offers increased hard drive space, and password level protection of the contents.

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