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IronKey Claims World's Most Secure USB Key

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

Today IronKey unveiled what it claims to be the world's most secure USB key.

The new IronKey model S200 boasts that it's the most physically secure as well as data secure USB key on the market. How so? IronKey says that the key comes with an onboard encryption chip that does AES 256-bit encryption in "CBC" mode. In fact, IronKey claims that it uses the same techniques employed by the U.S. Department of Defense for securing sensitive data. 

Utilizing what IronKey calls the Cryptochip the S200 can even self destruct. If the key senses that it's being tampered with, the chip can wipe the onboard flash memory and even kill the onboard decryption key, which is unique to each individual key. IronKey also says that keys can be remotely wiped if lost thanks to the IronKey S200 Server system. Administrators can also manage thousands of IronKeys at the same time.

Physically, the key is resistant to electromagnetic fields, so in case you happen to find yourself in around an electromagnetic bomb, you can be sure that your data will remain intact. The key is constructed of aluminum and the unit is water-tight.

On the inside, the flash memory chip as well as the crypto chip is sealed beneath a layer of epoxy, preventing an attempt at removing the flash memory. IronKey.

Specifications from IronKey:

DEVICE SPECIFICATIONS
- Capacity 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB
- Speed* Up to 27 MB per second read Up to 24 MB per second write
- Dimensions 75mm X 19mm X 9mm
- Weight .9 oz (25 grams)
- Waterproof MIL-STD-810F
- Temperature Operating: 0 °C, +70 °C Storage: -40 °C, +85 °C
- Operating Shock 16G rms
- Hardware USB 2.0 high speed
- Operating System Encryption Compatibility Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2+, Vista, Macintosh OS X 10.4+, Linux 2.6+
- Hardware Encryption Data: AES Cipher-Block Chained mode Encryption Keys: 256-bit Hardware DRNG PKI: 2048-bit RSA Hashing: 256-bit SHA FIPS - - Validations: 140-2 Level 3, 186-2, 197
- Section 508 Compliant

[Via Engadget]

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    PT88 , 14 July 2009 03:25
    Isnt it weird that as i read this, tomshardware is plastered with IronKey Adverts!
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    ca87 , 14 July 2009 04:18
    PT88Isnt it weird that as i read this, tomshardware is plastered with IronKey Adverts!




    Very obvious indeed.

    This is a very interesting product but i doubt if it will it can't be hacked?
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    Micropat , 14 July 2009 07:12
    "Physically, the key is resistant to electromagnetic fields, so in case you happen to find yourself in around an electromagnetic bomb, you can be sure that your data will remain intact."
    I'm testing this out in my microwave ;) 
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    waxdart , 14 July 2009 16:40
    It’s only business. They should tag this as story paid editorial. I've no problem with a company paying for ads and tom's sweetening the deal with bit about them. Just ad a tag!

    If you don’t like it. Leave a fun comment.
    This level of encryption will be great for all terrorist and paedophiles. IronKey the paedophile’s choice.

    Mind you, in the U.K. if you don’t hand over your encryption keys to the police you’ll get time. And they’ll do you for destroying evidence. Even if it was a blank key in the first place!

    And I’m sure a terrorist will be able to extract the key from a person with not too much effort. And kill you for destroying the files. Even if it was a blank key in the first place!
    So maybe the tag should be “IronKey, as secure and the meat puppet that knows the key”.

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    toughbook , 15 July 2009 19:08
    I have several of these flash drives. I have a 1 Gb and a 8Gb. I will say they are very durable, which is an understatement. They do work very well now. I believe they tried to add too many options too quickly onto the drive. There is alot you can do with this thing. Oh, and BTW, the Customer & Tech support is freakin amazing. I had a problem with my 4Gb drive and they sent me an 8Gb just for my troubles. That's what I call caring about the customer.