I have always been a bit skeptical of the IronKey secure flash drive. While boasting some sexy features, the cost seemed probitive and unjustified to me. After several reader questions I decided it was finally time to get one of these devices and try it for myself.
IronKeymaker of the "world's most secure flash drive," on Monday announced the launch of its S device for government and enterprise customers, featuring hardened physical security, the latest Cryptochip technology, active anti-malware and enhanced management capabilities. The IronKey S features:. The S is available in 16GB size.
Who would have thought that you could light up pyrotechnics on USB power? If you eschew the explosives, the payload could be anything that will fit in the case. How small are supercaps these days?
Ultra Electronics. IronKey drives are water-proof, tamper-proof and password protected. Any attempt to gain unauthorised access to the data will initiate a self-destruct sequence.
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In this guide to the best secure drives ofwe look at the top data storage devices that will allow you carry private data around with you, safe in the knowledge that if the device itself becomes compromised, your data will remain safe. Whenever you carry important data around with you on a USB stick or external hard drive, you're running the risk of other people getting hold of it, either through physically stealing the drives, or leaving it somewhere public. Picking the best secure drives for your needs can be tricky, and there are a lot of devices out there that make big promises — but fail to deliver.
The accompanying project log is full of hilariously, ominously damaged boards from failed prototypes, giving you a sense of exactly how wrong things can go when you plug a strange USB drive into your system. Expect lots of Hollywood threats and Youtuber pranks. They sure do make for a good PoC video though!
The encryption keys are stored on the drive itself and your password is required in conjunction with the keys to access and decrypt files. If you forget your password, you may be in trouble; after ten consecutive failed password attempts, the IronKey self-destructs internally and erases everything on the drive using "flash-trash" technology that physically overwrites every byte, making the data completely unrecoverable. The hardware encryption is one aspect of the IronKey, but the online component is another.
Kingston's goal is to ensure a smooth transition for existing IronKey customers and partners — enabling access to products, sales and world class technical support services. Kingston will also leverage its longstanding relationships with Flash memory semiconductors, controller partners and other component makers — as well as our strong channel presence — to bring IronKey products into the future. For product or support information, please click on the product pages and the links will direct you to either Kingston or DataLocker for additional information.