Apricorn Announces Fourth Generation Secure Key, Aegis Secure Key 3NX
- Wednesday, August 15, 2018
POWAY, CA – August 16, 2018 – Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB storage devices, today announced the release of the Aegis Secure Key 3NX family.
Apricorn developed the Aegis Secure Key 3NX family in response to the ever-increasing demand for low cost, small form-factor encrypted storage devices generated by the growing myriad of data privacy regulations, the most recent being the EU’s GDPR which affects businesses operating within EU nations as well as all companies from other countries that are doing business in the EU and United Kingdom. Other regulations like FISMA, FERPA and HIPAA all require that sensitive data be protected by various means including encryption. And California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) coming into effect in 2020 will be the prototype for a new wave of tougher data protection regulations. Encryption regulations will soon apply to virtually every business that deals with customer data.
“We set out to reduce the cost of this product group and enhance our existing security features,” said Mike McCandless, vice president of sales and marketing at Apricorn. “Beyond delivering lower price points across the board, we have expanded the capacity offerings on the lower end to better align with the needs of the consumer. In other words, if all you need are 2 or 4GB drives, you don’t have to settle for an 8GB.”
In addition to operating 25 percent cooler than its predecessor, the 3NX includes a patent pending RM / FD toggle feature that allows the user to configure the device as Removeable Media or Fixed Disk. Combined with the 3NX’s embedded keypad, the 3NX is compatible with embedded systems that only recognize Removeable Media storage devices (e.g. instrumentation, radios or other equipment that typically lacks a keyboard and precludes the use of devices that employ software in the authentication process).
Designed for high volume corporate deployments, the Aegis Secure Key 3NX has the same comprehensive feature set as the Secure Key 3z, plus a broader range of capacities from 2GB to 128GB. Other standard features include onboard keypad authentication, 256-bit AES XTS hardware encryption, complete cross-platform compatibility, read-only option, separate admin and user access, data recovery PINs, programmable PIN lengths, and Aegis Configurator compatibility.
The 3NX family is pending a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation, which is expected later this year.
The security advantages of Apricorn’s hardware encrypted USB storage devices include:
- Software-free – There’s nothing to keylog or to hack
- OS Agnostic and cross-platform compatible
- Onboard keypad— Authentication takes place within the device itself
- All data, passwords and encryption keys are 256-bit encrypted at rest
- Setup, authentication, and encryption involves no host computer
- Forced Enrollment-- No default PINs to ensure that data is not put at risk by employees who fail to supplant a factory preset PIN with a suitably complex PIN before deployment
- IP-67 validated against water and dust damage.
Headquartered in Poway, California, Apricorn provides secure storage innovations to the most prominent companies in the categories of finance, healthcare, education, and government throughout North America, Canada and EMEA. Apricorn products have become the trusted standard for a myriad of data security strategies worldwide. Founded in 1983, numerous award-winning products have been developed under the Apricorn brand as well as for a number of leading computer manufacturers on an OEM basis.