Aegis Secure Key 3.0 - USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Aegis Secure Key 3.0 - USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Encrypted USB 3.0 Flash Key with PIN access

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  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated

  • On-The-Fly Military-Grade Full-disk AES 256-bit XTS Hardware Encryption

  • PIN-Activated 7-16 digits - Alphanumeric keypad use a memorable number or word for your PIN

  • Dust and water resistant - IP58 Certification

  • Software-Free Setup and Operation

  • OS and platform independent – compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and embedded systems

  • Immune to BadUSB exploit;
    USB Controller locked / not field-updatable.

  • Designed and Assembled in the U.S.A.
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Aegis Secure Key 3.0 Brings a World of Advanced Data Protection
Easy to use FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated USB 3.0 flash drive with on-the-fly AES hardware encryption and secure PIN access
The Aegis Secure Key is simple to use
With software-free operation, cross-platform compatibility, USB 3.0 speed, increased capacities of up to 480GB, plus a host of high-level security features that you’d never expect to find in a flashkey, Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key 3.0 brings a world of advanced data security to your fingertips. This easy to use USB 3.0 flash drive incorporates PIN access with military grade 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated
to meet the U.S. government standards for information technology and computer security. NIST FIPS 140 is the cryptography standard program required by the US federal government for protection of sensitive data.

The Aegis Secure Key’s FIPS 140-2 validation covers 11 areas of its cryptographic security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity. Available in four levels, the Aegis Secure Key’s FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation encompasses both the Aegis Secure Key’s physical tamper-resistant features as well as its identity-based authentication.

Utilizes Military Grade 256-bit AES XTS Hardware Encryption
All data on the Aegis Secure Key is encrypted on the fly with the built-in 256-bit AES XTS hardware encryption.

Onboard Alphanumeric Keypad – Prevents Hardware and Software Key Logging
Using a rechargeable battery, the Aegis Secure Key enables the user to unlock the drive with a 7-16 digit PIN BEFORE connecting to the USB port on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The embedded keypad prevents hardware and software key logging attempts to capture your password entered via the host system.

Software-Free Design – With no admin rights to contend with, the Aegis Secure Key is a breeze to implement

Independent User and Admin PINs
The Aegis Secure Key can be configured with independent User and Admin PINs, making it ideal for corporate and government deployment. If the User forgets their PIN, the drive can be unlocked using the Admin PIN which can then clear the forgotten User PIN and allow for the User to set a new PIN.

Drive Reset Feature
The Aegis Secure Key also includes a drive reset feature which clears both User and Admin PINs, destroys the data, creates a new randomly generated encryption key and allows the drive to be reused. The Aegis Secure Key is capable of generating an infinite number of randomly generated encryption keys, allowing the user to reset the drive as often as required.

Dust and Water Resistant Durable Aluminum Housing - IP58 Certified
Protecting data goes well beyond encryption. Tough enough to go anywhere, the Aegis Secure Key 3.0's resilient design makes it perfect for travel and field applications. With its rugged, extruded aluminum crush-resistant casing, the Aegis Secure Key 3.0 is tamper evident and well-protected against physical damage.

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.

Sealed from Physical Attacks by Tough Epoxy Coating
The internal drive components are completely protected by a super tough epoxy compound, making it virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the electronics. This barrier prevents a potential hacker from accessing the encryption circuitry and launching a variety of potential attacks.

Brute Force Self Destruct Feature
As the Aegis Secure Key is unlocked using its own keypad and not via a keyboard, it is not vulnerable to software/hardware based key-loggers or brute force attacks. In addition the Aegis Secure Key further protects your data with a programmable “Brute Force Hack Defense Mechanism” which deletes the encryption key and destroys all stored data if the incorrect PIN is entered up to a total of 20 consecutive times.

Unattended Auto Lock feature
The Aegis Secure Key automatically locks once you unplug the drive from your computer's USB port or power to the USB port is turned off or after a pre-programmed period of inactivity

Wear Resistant Key Pad
Designed with protection in mind, the entire Aegis Secure Drive family incorporates ‘wear resistant’ keypads to hide key usage and avoid tipping off a potential hacker to the commonly used keys.

Read-Only Mode
Ideal for situations where the contents of the Secure Key needs to be accessed by several people in a public setting, or for forensic applications where the drive's contents must be kept intact and unaltered for later examination.

Lock Override Mode
Designated for specific cases in which the key needs to remain unlocked through USB port re-enumeration such as during reboot, or passing through a virtual machine.

With the toughness and security you'd expect from Apricorn, The Aegis Secure Key 3.0 brings new features, speed, and storage capacities that you'd never expect in a flashkey.
Data Transfer Rate Up to 195 Read / 162 Write
Power Supply USB Port / Internal Battery
Interface Super Speed USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1)
Dimensions 95.5mm x 24.5mm x 12.6mm | 93mm x 24.5mm x 12.6mm (w/o sleeve) | 46 g
Warranty 3-year Limited Warranty
Approvals FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated, IP-58, FCC & CE
System Requirements Windows®, Mac®, Linux, Android and Symbian systems, or any powered USB OS with a storage file system

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What are the ECCN and HST codes used for shipping this device outside the US?

ECCN: 5A992A and HTS code 8473.50.3000

Q. What is BadUSB and are Apricorn devices susceptible to this exploit?

A. BadUSB is a theoretical exploit that was presented by SR Labs at the Black Hat conference in August of 2014. SR Labs demonstrated a vulnerability in one USB device that allowed malicious code to be programmed into the USB controller through a firmware update process. The attack described is very sophisticated and in the case of Apricorn’s products would require advanced knowledge of our USB controller, a leaked version of our firmware, the programming tool to update our controller, the password used for our programming tool, and an in depth understanding of the device’s functionality, etc. According to SR Labs, the failsafe method to eliminate this threat is to simply disable the ability to update the controller’s firmware. Many of Apricorn’s devices shipping today, including all of our USB 3.0 security products, Padlock and Padlock Pro families already have the firmware locked which prevents field updates to the USB controller. As a continuous improvement, Apricorn is locking down the firmware on all USB controllers used in Apricorn devices to safeguard against this vulnerability. We recommend checking our website periodically for notices regarding BadUSB and Security Updates.

Can the key be used for Windows to Go?

Yes. While it has not been Microsoft certified, it has been extensively tested and will work well for this purpose. To use this drive for booting, turn on the Lock-Override feature in the Admin Settings and verify that the drive is in read/write mode (not read-only).

The drive seems to run hot, is that a problem?

No. The SSD in the Secure Key is operating at roughly the same temperature as the SSD you might have in your notebook or desktop computer. The Secure Key case is designed to dissipate the heat generated by the chips and keep them well within their normal operating temperature.

Is there any problem leaving the drive in Lock-Override mode?

To protect the contents of the drive, only use this mode with caution, especially when plugged into a powered hub. If you leave the drive plugged in to a powered hub, unlocked and unattended, it is possible to move the hub’s host side USB cable to another computer without causing the drive to lock. It is always a good practice to lock the drive or remove it from the USB port when it is unattended.

Why is my wireless mouse not working right when an ‘Apricorn USB 3.0 device’ is connected to my computer?

This is a widely known issue for USB 3.0 and wireless devices. Data passing through a USB3 cable creates some radio ‘noise’ that conflicts with the 2.4 GHz radio receiver commonly used with wireless mice. The noise from USB 3.0 data spectrum can be high (in the 2.4–2.5 GHz range). This noise can radiate from the USB 3.0 connector on a PC platform, the USB 3.0 connector on the peripheral device or the USB 3.0 cable. If the antenna of a wireless device operating in this band is placed close to any of the above USB 3.0 radiation channels, it can pick up the broadband noise. The broadband noise emitted from a USB 3.0 device can affect the Signal to Noise Ratio and limit the sensitivity of any wireless receiver whose antenna is physically located close to the USB 3.0 device. This may result in a drop in throughput on the wireless link.

How do I get my ‘Apricorn Device’ and my wireless mouse to work together?

The Signal to Noise Ratio through the USB cable drops dramatically over distance. Simply plugging the two devices into USB ports that are not immediately adjacent usually resolves the issue. In a worst case scenario a USB extension cable can be used to put distance between the USB3 storage and the wireless mouse receiver.

Why didn't I have this problem with other USB devices and my wireless mouse?

This problem only occurs with USB3 devices. Any USB2 devices can be used together without problem. Not all USB3 devices emit noise at the same ratio, and some wireless mice are more susceptible to the noise ratio generated by USB3 devices. All Apricorn devices fall well within the USB3 specification for allowable noise.

Where can I find a more technical explanation of the problem between USB3 devices and wireless mice?

Intel has written an informative white paper that explains in detail the cause of the interference between USB3 devices and the 2.4GHz receivers. You can download the whitepaper directly from Intel here:
Aegis Secure Key 3.0 datasheet
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Aegis Secure Key 3.0 Manual
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Aegis Secure Key 3.0 QSG
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Apricorn End-User License Agreement
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Aegis Secure Key 3.0 QSG Spanish
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Aegis Secure Key 3.0 QSG Canadian French
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