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Kingston introduces the IronKey Keypad 200. The physical keypad allows stored data to be password-encrypted.

The USB stick has five configurations: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The model connects to any system that supports USB Type-A storage devices. Data protection is key.

Users can configure two passwords: a user password and an admin password. The drive locks up after ten login attempts with the wrong user password. The administrator password allows users to recover the user password. After ten login attempts with the wrong administrator password, the disk’s contents are permanently deleted.

Added value

You don’t necessarily need a USB stick with a keypad to password-encrypt data. Archiving software provides a quick and easy way to store encrypted data on USB flash drives. Nevertheless, the IronKey Keypad 200 has added value. Kingston integrated two additional security measures.

First, the model supports XTS-AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Data is securely encrypted, regardless of the operating system used. Second, the model received a military FIPS-140-3 Level 3 certification. The circuits are coated to prevent access to internal components. The keys of the keypad feature a polymer coating, which prevents bad actors from deciphering fingerprints.

Oscar Escayola Kaloudis, EMEA Flash Business Manager at Kingston, said the model is the first drive to pass certifications tests for NIST’s FIPS 140-3 Level 3 security level. The Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 comes with a three-year warranty. Technical support is free.

Tip: Data privacy: from necessary security step to competitive advantage