Aegis Fortress SSD - USB 3.0
FIPS 140-2 Encrypted Solid State Drive with PIN Access

Aegis Fortress SSD - USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

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Aegis Fortress SSD - USB 3.0

Ultra-Resilient Solid State Drive

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated

Onboard keypad protects against hardware
and software key logging attacks

Hardware-based 256-bit AES-XTS encryption

Software-Free Setup and Operation

Wear-Resistant Key Pad

IP56 Certified as Water and Dust Resistant

Interior Electronics Protected by Hardened Epoxy Coating

Bus powered from Standard USB Port

Integrated USB 3.0 cable
Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports

Shock and Vibration Resistant

Worry-free 3 year warranty




Aegis Fortress Solid State Drive
The Perfect Blend of Durability, Security, and Speed
With speeds up to 180 MB/s, Apricorn’s USB 3.0 encrypted solid state drive fuses FIPS 140-2 hardware data protection with a robust design certified to NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 requirements, this drive is tested on 11 cryptographic levels. All data stored on the Fortress is protected with on-the-fly hardware AES-XTS 256-bit encryption, and with no software involved with its installation or operation, this drive needs no ADMIN rights. With no moving parts, the Aegis Fortress is resistant to drops and vibration, and is unaffected by high humidity and extreme temperatures. Impervious to key logging attacks, access is only possible with a unique PIN entry via its onboard keypad. Combine this with a USB 3.0 integrated cable and Solid State performance, the Fortress SSD is both rugged and super fast.

Why use a Solid State Drive?
• 5X Greater Life Expectancy than Premium Rotational Drives
• Functions in extreme temperatures from -40°F (-40°C) to 158°F (70°C)
• Works in 95% humidity at temps under 131°F (55°C)
• Shock and vibration resistant
• Rated to: Shock 1500G/0.5ms, Vibration 20G/20-2000Hz
• With no moving parts, the Aegis Padlock is completely silent

Sporting an easy-to-use keypad that is impervious to dust and grit, super-tough integrated USB 3.0 cable, plus a software-free setup and operation, the Aegis 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 on-the-fly 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption you know your data is safe 24/7.

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated

Tested and validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use by the Federal governments of the USA, Canada and others, the Aegis Fortress Drive is based on Apricorn’s FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated encryption module as indicated by certificate #2835  The Fortress’ security policy is located on the NIST site at the following link The epoxy coated boundary includes all encryption functions and all Critical Security Parameters (CSPs) such as PIN storage, encryption key generation and storage, random number and seed generators, and all firmware storage. The FIPS module is a complete encryption system, and all CSPs never leave the boundary and are never shared with a host system. By design, the HDD/SSD that stores the encrypted data is excluded from this boundary to both maximize affordability and product line flexibility in capacity and form factor offerings.

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 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.

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 Fortress provides stress-free deployments in all corporate environments.

Independent Admin and User PINs
The Aegis Fortress 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 Fortress requires you to create your own unique PIN at first use, ensuring a secure PIN from the get go.

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Aegis Configurator Compatible
Create custom profiles and simultaneously set up multiple Configurator-compatible devices in a matter of seconds with Apricorn’s Aegis Configurator / Powered Hub bundle.

Independent User and Admin PINs
Establishing or changing the drive’s settings can only be done in the Admin mode, using the Admin PIN for authentication. Further, up to four additional User PINs can be programmed to allow access to the data on the drive.

Forced Enrollment
The Aegis Fortress is shipped without a factory pre-set PIN meaning that in order for the drive to be set up and used, a unique Admin PIN must first be enrolled at the onset of the initial setup process.

User Forced Enrollment
Once a device is configured by the Admin, additional User PINs can be generated by the Admin at that time, or it can also be deployed in a state of USER FORCED ENROLLMENT in which the User is required to establish his or her own User PIN before the drive can be accessed.

Sealed from Physical Attacks by Tough Epoxy Coating
The internal drive components are completely enveloped by a super tough epoxy compound, making it virtually impossible to physically access without causing permanent damage to the electronics.

Two Read-Only Modes
The Aegis Fortress has two read-only modes; the first is enabled / disabled exclusively by the Admin within the Admin mode. The second read-only mode can be enabled or disabled by anyone with an enrolled PIN for that particular drive. Ideal for forensic applications where the drive's contents must remain intact and unaltered for later examination, or for when the drive is to be accessed by several people in a public setting.

Unattended Auto-Lock feature
The Aegis Fortress automatically locks once it’s unplugged from the computer's USB port, power to its USB port is interrupted, or after a pre-programmed period of inactivity.

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

Data Recovery PINs
In the event that a User PIN is forgotten, up to 4 one-time use recovery PINs can be programmed to permit access to the drive’s data by creating a new state of User Forced Enrollment.

Drive Reset Feature
The Aegis 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.

Programmable Brute Force Protection
Set the number of incorrect brute force PIN entries allowed (between 4 and 20.)

Brute Force Self-Destruct Feature
After the programmed number of failed PIN entries has been attempted, the Fortress will assume it is under brute force attack and will destroy the encryption key and lock itself, rendering the data useless and requiring a total reset to redeploy the drive.

Wear-Resistant Key Pad - IP56 Certified Water & Dust Resistant
Designed with protection in mind, the entire Aegis 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 Fortress's low powered design is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Perfectly pocketable, the compact, robust design features a convenient integrated USB cable, bringing connectivity 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 Fortress's super-fast performance is comparable to that of your computer’s internal drive, enabling you transfer large files in seconds and quickly back up an entire system. The Aegis Fortress is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.

Comparison of Aegis Fortress Solid State Drive data transfer speeds using USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
*Test results based on the 256GB Solid State model. To acheive these data transfer speeds, your computer's internal drive must be solid state. In the case of your computer having a hard drive, the speed will be limited by your internal hard drive speed.

With storage capacities up to 512GB* - perfect for storing photos, music and video files in addition to work documents, the Aegis Fortress Secure Drive is the ideal hard drive to safely transport your data between work and office, or wherever life takes you. With the Aegis Fortress, you KNOW that your data is secure.


Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 – up to 180 MB/sec | *To acheive these data transfer speeds, your computer's internal drive must be solid state. In the case of your computer having a hard drive, the speed will be limited by your internal HDD
Power Supply 100% Bus Powered
Buffersize 8MB
Interface USB 3.0
Average seek time 0.1 ms Access Time
Shock - operating 1500G/0.5ms | Virtually shock and vibration resistant
Warranty 3 Year Limited
Approvals FCC, CE | FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated (NIST certification # 2835)
Certification Policies click here for certification policy
ECCN   /  HTS  /  Cage Code 5A992.c  /  8473.50.3000  /  3VYK8
System Requirements Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux Requires USB port (for maximum speeds must be used with a USB 3.0 port) - Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.
Comments Drive Type: Solid State Drive
Encryption: 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
Operating Temperature Range: -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C)
Operating Humidity Range: 95% humidity at temperatures under 131°F (55°C)
Vibration: 20G/20-2000Hz


Aegis Fortress Quick Start Guide CONFIGURABLE
(Size: 207 KB)

Aegis Padlock Fortress Quick Start Guide
(Size: 155 KB)

Aegis Fortress Manual CONFIGURABLE
(Size: 1200 KB)

Aegis Padlock Fortress Manual
(Size: 1600 KB)

Aegis Fortress CONFIGURABLE Data Sheet
(Size: 758 KB)

Aegis Padlock Fortress Datasheet
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Aegis Padlock Fortress QSG Canadian French
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Aegis Padlock Fortress QSG Spanish
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apricorn end user agreement
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