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Kingston Digital launches secure USB in Middle East

Device is designed for enterprise environments, is tamper-proof, waterproof

Kingston Digital launches secure USB in Middle East
The Kingston Data Traveler DT 4000-M is designed for enterprise use and has been launched in the Middle East.

Memory product manufacturer, Kingston Digital Europe has announced the launch of the Data Traveler 4000 - Managed (DT4000-M) USB Flash drive in the Middle East.

The drive is a fully managed version of the company's DataTraveler 4000 and was specifically developed and priced for enterprise deployments.

The FIPS 140-2 validated DT4000-M leverages SafeConsole for Kingston server software from BlockMaster is designed to deliver best-in-class USB protection, flexibility and centralised management control at an affordable cost for organisations across the region.

Kingston Digital says that the cost of data breaches, caused by the loss of USB devices, is rising.

According to the company, research institute, the Ponemon Institute, has released data saying that data breach costs are skyrocketing.

Monetary loss related to mobile devices for US-based organisations surveyed rose 15% year-over-year to $258 per record.

Data from other industry sources show a 400% year-over-year increase in lost USBs during 2010, with 1 in 10 employees losing a USB drive containing corporate information

"Through our own anecdotal research here in the Middle East, we found that similar challenges are arising daily highlighting a significant number of data breaches from USB loss or misuse," said Antoine Harb, business development manager - MEA.
The DT4000-M is designed to secure enterprise data through strong, hardware-based encryption with FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation for the entire cryptographic module.

The USB also has full device-state management for tight policy enforcement and lockdown of stolen/lost drives, customisation for easy asset tagging and, full audit and backup/recovery for forensic analysis and compliance - including adherence to all data-at-rest regulations.

The USB device also features remote password reset and customisation options

"Recent data loss statistics and events underscore the critical enterprise need - not just for secure USB drives - but for corporate-wide secure USB drive strategies across the Middle East region," said Harb. "The DT4000-M provides the right level of security with the right level of cost, flexibility and ease-of-use."

The DT4000-M drive locks down after 10 intrusion attempts and the encryption key is destroyed. The device also configures complex password policies - based on customisable criteria options, including password length and character types.

"Data loss resulting from unsecure and unmanaged USB use has plagued organisations long enough," said Anders Kjellander, Chief Security Office, BlockMaster. "The DT4000-M is truly impressive. It represents the first time a managed secure FIPS drive is being made available for corporate use at a price point designed to fuel wide and rapid adoption by enterprises. The 100% secure and 100% managed DT4000-M is a SafeConsoleReady device that will attract a lot of attention."

The USB features full encryption with 100% of stored data protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in CBC mode. It also has a tamper-evident coating and seal for physical security.

The DT4000-M comes with a five-year warranty and is waterproof with a titanium-coated stainless steel casing.

The USB comes in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB sizes and is designed to USB 2.0 specifications.

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