Not too long ago Kingston had to recall some of its secure flash drives because a flaw was found in the encryption used that allowed the security protocols to be bypassed. Kingston wasn’t the only flash drive maker that had to recall secure drives because of the flaw. Today Kingston has unveiled a new flash drive that uses hardware approved by the DoD for the transportation of classified documents.
The new flash drive is called the DataTraveler 5000 and it is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified with Level 3 certification pending. The flash drive has 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption and a XTS cipher mode that uses elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms meeting Suite B standards approved by the US government.
The DoD and US government approved Suite B algorithms for use in the multinational sharing of both classified and unclassified documents and data. The drive also uses patented Secured by SPYRUS technology with hardware-based 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. The DataTraveler 5000 is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities for $111, $185, $231, and $400 respectively.