Aegis Padlock Fortress - USB 3.0

Aegis Padlock Fortress - USB 3.0

FIPS 140-2 Encrypted USB 3.0 Hard Drive with PIN Access

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  • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated

  • Secure PIN Access

  • Real-time 256-bit Military Grade AES-XTS Hardware Encryption

  • Software free design - No admin rights required

  • Water and Dust Resistant

  • Compatible with any OS - Windows, Mac & Linux

  • Ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface

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

  • Designed and Assembled in the U.S.A.
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Looking for the highest level of security for your data while utilizing the fastest USB 3.0 speeds?
Look no further than the Aegis Padlock Fortress FIPS 140-2 Validated Drive, certified and tested to NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 requirements
Aegis Padlock Fortress - FIPS 140-2 Encrypted USB 3.0 Hard Drive with PIN Access
Sporting an easy-to-use keypad design that is impervious to dust and grit, with a software free setup and operation, the Aegis Padlock Fortress enables you to access the drive simply and easily with your own unique PIN. With no software updates or ADMIN rights to contend with, this drive is a breeze to implement in corporate environments, and with real-time 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption you know your data is safe 24/7. Combine this with an integrated USB 3.0 cable for super fast data access, and you now have the definitive answer to security without compromising performance.

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated
Tested and Validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Aegis Padlock Fortress is validated to meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 specification. FIPS 140-2 validation is the cryptography standard required by the US federal government for protection of sensitive data. It covers 11 areas of its cryptographic security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity.

Drives Validated to the FIPS 140-2 specification are required to be used by U.S. government branches as well as civilian companies in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom that contract to the US government.

Additionally governments and public companies worldwide in the education, healthcare, and financial services industries have adopted using FIPS 140-2 validated drives as the regulations requiring their use is continuously expanding. Enterprises that wish to use the strongest encryption available have also adopted using FIPS 140-2 drives as it’s widely known how stringent the testing is to receive this level of certification.

Easy-to-use KeyPad, Software Free Design and Ability to Work on ANY Operating System makes Corporate Deployment a Breeze
With an easy-to-use keypad design and software free setup, the Aegis Padlock Fortress Secure Drive enables you to access the drive with your own unique PIN. The embedded keypad prevents hardware and software key logging attempts to capture your password entered via the host system.

Utilizes Military Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm
Featuring 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption, the Aegis Padlock Fortress seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive in real-time, keeping your data safe even if the solid state drive is removed from its enclosure.

Software Free Design – With no admin rights to contend with
Setup takes just minutes. With no software installation required for setup or operation and the ability to run on any platform, the Aegis Padlock Fortress provides stress free deployment in corporate environments.

Independent Admin and User PINs
The Aegis Padlock can be configured with independent Admin and User PINs. The Administrator Feature allows enrollment of up to five unique User ID’s and one Administrator, making it a useful business collaboration tool. If the User forgets their PIN, the drive can be unlocked using the Admin PIN. With its Forced Enrollment feature, the Aegis Padlock Fortress requires you to create your own unique PIN at first use, ensuring a secure PIN from the get go.

Drive Reset Feature
The Aegis Padlock Fortress also employs a useful drive reset feature, which can be implemented with a unique command. This clears all PINs and data, and creates a new randomly generated encryption key, enabling the drive to be reset and redeployed as many times as needed.

Auto-lock Feature
The unattended Aegis Padlock Fortress can be configured to lock after a pre-determined amount of time of your choosing. Ideal for protecting your data when you’re away from your desk.

Data at Rest protection
All data, PINs, and encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest.

Brute Force Self Destruct Feature
The Aegis Padlock Fortress uses a three pronged approach to protect against a Brute Force attack. The first step is to deny access to the drive until the drive can verify the user PIN. After several incorrect attempts the drive will lock itself, requiring the drive to be plugged in again to input a PIN. This feature blocks automated attempts to enter PIN numbers. Lastly, after a predetermined number of failed PIN entries, the Padlock Fortress assumes it is being attacked and will destroy the encryption key and lock itself, rendering the data useless and requiring a total reset to redeploy the Padlock Fortress.

Sealed from Physical Attacks by Tough Epoxy Coating
In addition to encrypting all of the PINs, data and the encryption key itself, the Aegis Padlock adds another barrier between your data and a hacker. The encryption chip and circuitry of the Aegis Padlock are completely protected by a super tough epoxy compound, which is 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.

VTC (Variable Timing Circuit) Technology
Protection against hacker attempts doesn’t stop with Brute Force. Incorporated into the Aegis Padlock Fortress electronics is Apricorn’s Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, working to thwart “timing attacks” aimed at accessing the drive by studying the behavior and infiltrating the Padlock’s electronics.

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

Compact, Rugged Design
Perfect for taking your data on the road, the Aegis Padlock Fortress low powered design is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Perfectly pocketable, the Aegis Padlock Fortress compact, robust design features a convenient integrated USB cable; eliminating the need to carry around cords and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip.

Super fast USB 3.0 Connection – Data transfer speeds up to 10X faster than USB 2.0
With USB 3.0 data transfer rates up to ten times faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives, the Aegis Padlock Fortress superfast performance is comparable to that of your computer’s internal drive, enabling you transfer large files in seconds or quickly backup an entire system. The Aegis Padlock Fortress is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.
Package Contents

Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 - up to 5 Gbps
Power Supply 100% Bus Powered
Buffersize 8MB
Interface Super Speed USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1)
RPM 5400
Average seek time 12 ms
Shock - non operating 1000G 1ms
Shock - operating 300G 2ms
Dimensions 19mm X 84.5mm X 120mm (0.75” X 3.3” X 4.7”) Weight: 6.2oz.
Warranty 3 year limited
Approvals FC CE | FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated
Certification Policies Click here for Security Policies
System Requirements Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux Requires USB port
Comments One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.

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How do I use the Aegis Padlock without a PIN?

As a full disk encryption product, the Aegis Padlock can never be used without a PIN.

What is FIPS 140-2?

This is a government standard to accredit cryptographic modules. The government regulates certain industries that collect, store and/or transfer sensitive data to use security that meets this standard. For a general explanation:

What kind of speed can be expected out of this drive?

USB speed will be affected by a variety of factors (USB type – 1, 2 or 3, Host controller, Driver version, hard drive read/write speeds, Operating System).

On average, if using a USB 3.0 port, speeds should be from 80+ MB/s for a newer rotating drive and 250+ MB/s for a newer SSD version.

If you are experiencing lower than expected speeds, check to make sure you have the latest host controller driver available. If you are getting considerably less, make sure that you are plugged into a USB 3 port. USB 3 ports use a blue center contact.

Is there any way to recover my data if I forget the PIN?

If an Admin PIN has been previously set, the Admin PIN can be used to unlock the drive and recover the data. If you forget the PIN and do not have an Admin PIN, the drive can be re-set so it can be used again, but the data cannot be recovered.

Why does the LED indicate an error when I try to change the PIN?

PIN requirements for this drive must meet a minimum security level. There are several combinations that are not allowed, such as, all repeating numbers, sequential number going up or down. The PIN must also be a minimum of 7 digits and cannot be longer than 16 digits.

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

ECCN: 5A992A and HTS code 8473.50.3000

What can I do if I forget the User PIN?

Use your Admin PIN to enter Admin Mode, and then create another User PIN in Admin Mode.

What can I do if I forget the Admin PIN?

There is no other way to retrieve the Admin PIN except a complete reset of the Aegis Padlock. After a complete reset, all data will be lost and you will need to initialize, allocate and format the Aegis Padlock manually.

Why did the operating system not recognize the Aegis Padlock after I enter the User Mode and completely reset the computer?

You need to initialize, allocate and format the Aegis Padlock manually. For more information, refer to Initializing and formatting the Aegis Padlock after a complete reset in the product manual.

Why could I not initialize, partition or format the Aegis Padlock?

Ensure that you have administrator privileges. You will need Admin privileges to use the Disk Management Utility

What encryption algorithm is used in this product?

The Aegis Padlock Fortress and Aegis Padlock SSD uses AES-XTS 256-bit algorithm.

The LED is blinking RED and I can’t enter a code. Why?

Somebody has tried to access the drive and the code has been entered 10 times incorrectly (see Brute Force section of the product manual).

Why do the LEDs blink Blue, Red and Green after I plug the drive in?

When you first plug the drive in, it does a self-test on the encryption components of the drive. If any component fails the test, the LED will stop on RED and the drive will not function.

Why does my drive automatically lock after 7-15 minutes?

Starting with Windows 8 and OSX for the Mac, there is a power setting that will attempt to put all drives to sleep to save power.



For the Mac

Open Energy Saver settings (Applications -> System Preferences -> Energy Saver) and uncheck the option “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”.

Mac settings



For Windows 8.0

From the start screen, type “edit power” and choose to edit plan settings. Select the “Change advanced power setting”. Expand the Hard Disk setting and change the setting ("Never" is a good option if the computer does not operate on battery power).

Windows 8.0 settings

Also Expand the USB setting and change the USB selective suspend setting and change it to “disable”.

Windows 8.0 USB settings



For Windows 8.1

There is a known bug in 8.1 where the above settings will not make the desired change. Microsoft has recently competed a fix to resolve this problem that can be found here.

Microsoft suggested fixes

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.
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A Portable Drive with Rock Solid Security

Aug 21, 2013 | John Breeden II | Publication: GCN | Government Computer News
Government Computer News Reviews Aegis Padlock Fortress

It's pretty easy to see why Apricorn decided to call its newest secure portable drive the Aegis Padlock Fortress. It's fairly large and designed vaguely like a padlock, the type of big square iron lock found on the massive doors of a colonial barn. And the Padlock’s large numeric keypad clearly indicates that it’s a protected device requiring a numerical password. Security metaphors aside, the 3.3 inch by 4.7 inch drive, which is 0.75-inches thick, is also a bona fide fortress, built from the ground up to be one of the most secure data storage devices in the world.

In Conclusion

Users probably won't be able to get data at rest to be more secure than when using an Aegis Padlock Fortress. Not only would it be a good way to store sensitive data such as patient records or classified files, it could be used for secure transport. Users could ship the device knowing that the data will be secure in route and usable so long as the person on the other end has the unlocking PIN.

Government has been wary of using portable drives for any type of important file storage, but a Padlock Fortress would likely keep data more secure than it would be on a desktop or agency server. With a reasonable price, especially for the standard drive models and fast transfer times, it provides headache-free security.

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Aegis Padlock Fortress Receives A Grade

Jul 28, 2013 | Jonas DeMuro | Publication: Armchair Critic
Armchair Critic Reviews Aegis Padlock Fortress

When it comes to moving data around, while a USB flash drive is hard to beat for convenience, when it comes to capacity, a hard drive is what gets the job done. A full drive of data out in "the wild" should make you nervous, and if the data is sensitive, then the Aegis Padlock Fortress is the tool to keep it secure. This is a drive designed specifically to keep data secure for applications including the military, government, and healthcare.

The encryption on the Aegis Padlock Fortress is top notch. It is FIPS 140-2 certified. To achieve this level of certification requires that is has military grade AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption. The XTS is a newer algorithm, that reportedly uses 2 cipher keys simultaneously, to provide a greater level of security than other algorithms.

Overall Grade: A

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