Memory

Software-free USB memory key delivers enhanced feature set

14th February 2017
Mick Elliott

The Aegis Secure Key 3z hardware-encrypted flash drive and the Aegis Configurator have been announced by Apricorn. Building on the success of its predecessor (the Aegis Secure Key 3.0), the Aegis Secure Key 3z is a feature-rich USB drive that includes FIPS-level security and eliminates the vulnerabilities found in software-managed systems.

It also enables security professionals in the most regulated industries (banking, government, education, legal, and healthcare) to configure and deploy multiple devices simultaneously with the new Aegis Configurator. Both products are distributed exclusively in the UK by Simms International.

Offering the most advanced data protection, the new Aegis Secure Key 3z flash drive offers top-level security (FIPS 140-2 level 3 validation pending) and a larger set of programmable user features at lower costs.

The Aegis Secure Key 3z is Apricorn’s most feature-rich device to date and offers capabilities that prove advantageous to users, including providing recovery PINs for lost or forgotten PINs and a key press indicator.

The launch also encompasses the Aegis Configurator, Apricorn’s Windows-based software package that allows 10 or more compatible Aegis Secure Devices to be set up and configured simultaneously.

Beyond being exponentially faster than configuring an Apricorn device by hand, the configurator also introduces a host of new features.

Automatic random PIN generation, programmable maximum PIN length, master profile creation and storage, and the ability to reformat and pre-load data onto drives at the time of configuration are just a few of the new tools introduced in the configurator launch.

Combined with the Aegis Configurator, the Aegis Secure Key 3z flash drive provides a seamless workflow for secure storage rollouts.

Once the configuration process is complete, the configuration pathway is then shut down via firmware residing on the device, thus eliminating the ability to reopen the pathway via software. This “locking the door from the inside” approach defends against the threat of unauthorised access to the device’s authentication settings via the USB port.

“The 3z is our third generation Secure USB flash drive and has the improved features, functionality and componentry you would expect to see from Apricorn. Following the established trend in electronics, the 3z is also smaller and less expensive than its predecessors,” said Mike McCandless, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Apricorn. “Combined with the introduction of the Aegis Configurator, we have created an eco-system that simplifies deployment and access to the many device features, without sacrificing our software-free approach or security.”

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