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Cybrary: Key by Apricorn

Cybrary: Key by Apricorn

Another cool gadget I saw at the Toronto Tech Security Conference was ultra-secure USB storage by Apricorn http://www.apricorn.com. Now, this is cool their product is a secure USB thumb drive or SSD portable hard-drive it features built-in encryption built into the chip meaning no software needed on the PC. They have a wide range of drives and sizes the keys and drives all have a keypad on the device you need to enter your passcode to decrypt the drive. If you enter the password wrong 10 times the data is wiped this is perfect for data in motion as we have seen in the past with thumb drives being lost with customer data or hospital records in a few cases. This forces the data to be encrypted so there is not oops i forgot to encrypt the data. Now the construction of the key was my first concern what stops someone from taking the key apart to start trying to pull the decryption key off. Well, the rep explained that the drives are first secured with FIPS140-2 encryption so good luck and on top of that the drives are filled with epoxy. If that wasn’t enough the encryption keys are stored on 6 different chips pretty much this is as secure as a USB stick gets. (read more)