Kingston Digital DataTraveler 5000 Certified for DAR List
DoD Ban on Flash Media Modified; DataTraveler 5000 at the Ready to Secure 'Data-at-Rest' for Government Agencies
Fountain Valley, CA -- June 10, 2010 -- the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its DataTraveler® 5000 USB Flash drive has been approved for inclusion on the U.S. government's Data-At-Rest (DAR) list. The certification and the modification of the ban on portable Flash media by the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) allows the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified DataTraveler 5000 to be used by government entities. Kingston's DataTraveler 5000 is available exclusively to federal and civilian agencies via its DAR (Data-At-Rest) ESI/BPA (Enterprise Software Initiative/Blanket Purchase Agreement) reseller, Autonomic Resources (www.autonomicresources.com).
"With STRATCOM's recent modification of its ban on portable storage devices, federal agencies are more cautious than ever in looking for top-notch products that deliver the highest level of security," said John Keese, president of Autonomic Resources. "The Kingston Secured by SPYRUS devices offer the best in both memory and encryption to provide the most secure USB Flash technology for federal agencies. As a DAR contract holder, Autonomic is pleased to partner with Kingston to make the devices readily available to federal agencies to support their secure storage needs."
The DataTraveler 5000 utilizes patented Secured by SPYRUS technology which supports hardware-based 256-bit XTS-AES data encryption and Suite B elliptic curve cryptography. The National Security Agency (NSA) Suite B algorithms were specifically selected and approved by the U.S. government and the Department of Defense (DoD) for use in multinational data sharing environments including both classified and unclassified applications. XTS-AES is a block cipher encryption mode that is much stronger than the more common CBC and ECB cipher modes used to secure data on other USB Flash drives. The DataTraveler 5000 uses patented technologies for key management and key encryption operations to shield cryptographic processing from electronic eavesdropping.
The DataTraveler 5000 is based on the same Hydra PC security platform from SPYRUS that was used in the Hydra PC Personal Encryption Device. In 2008, this device was the first and only commercial encryption device approved by the NSA to protect classified tactical data at the SECRET level and below for USB Flash drives. The drive is available in 2-, 4-, 8- and 16GB capacities and can also be customized with anti-malware protection and co-logo options.
"All Secured By SPYRUS USB encryption devices, including the DataTraveler 5000, are based on patented SPYRUS technology and engineering. Our platform meets or exceeds DoD requirements, while many so-called 'secure' USB drives fail to meet any of them," said Tom Dickens, Chief Operating Officer, SPYRUS.
"The federal government as well as corporate customers have come to rely on and trust Kingston's quality and delivery of enterprise-grade, high-performance computing products. Now that the DataTraveler 5000 is on the DAR list, we are able to extend that relationship by offering our most secure USB Flash drive through our exclusive government reseller, Autonomic Resources," said John Terpening, business manager, secure USB products, Kingston®. "SPYRUS is the leader in encryption and security technology. Kingston's partnership with them helps deliver the best solution in the market for securing data with the quality and performance that our customers have come to rely on."
In addition to this drive, Kingston offers a variety of Trade Agreement Act-compliant (TAA) memory products and has a dedicated federal sales team in place to assist its government customers.
For more information visit http://www.kingston.com/secure.
About Kingston Digital, Inc.
Kingston Digital, Inc. ("KDI") is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA.