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Kingston DataTraveler 5000 is good enough for classified DoD documents

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

Not long ago it was announced that several flash drives on the market that consumers thought were secure and used encryption were easily defeated. A couple of the flash drives affected were from Kingston. Kingston has announced its latest secure flash drive called the DataTraveler 5000.

The new drive is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified and Level 3 certification is pending. The drive uses hardware 256-bit AES encryption, supports XTS cipher mode, and uses elliptic curve cryptography. These features allow the drive to meet Suite B standards set by the US government.

By meeting these standards, the flash drive is acceptable for the storage of classified and unclassified documents by the government. The drive will come in up to 16GB capacities with prices starting at $111 for 2GB and going up to $400 for the 16GB version.