Toshiba has announced a new addition to its line of portable storage with the Encrypted USB Flash Drive, a device that packs a little espionage into your data transfer. On the surface, it’s your typical 4 to 32 GB flash drive but with a PIN pad you need to use to gain access. The drive also automatically secures your information using military grade AES 256-bit encryption. Toshiba built it to allow users a means to “make sensitive data portable”.
The numerical PIN pad has a rechargeable battery so you have to enter a secure code before plugging into a USB port. Once you enter the code, the flash drive lets you view your files. When you take the drive out from a USB port, it will automatically re-lock and encrypt your files. The flash drive is intended for government agencies or really anyone who needs portable and secure information.
The most interesting part about this super secure flash drive is its “self-destruct” function. If the flash drive is lost or stolen, it has a mechanism that will render all stored information irrecoverable after 10 consecutive unsuccessful attempts to enter the secure PIN.
Starting today, the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive is available to the public at Amazon in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities or from Toshiba for $95.00 for the 4GB model, $112.00 for the 8GB model, $140.00 for the 16GB and $200.00 for the 32GB model. A three year limited warranty is included with all models.
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TOSHIBA ANNOUNCES ENCRYPTED USB FLASH DRIVE
Provide Military Grade Protection For Sensitive Data with Innovative Hardware Security Device, Up to 32 GB IRVINE, Calif.—February 3, 2015—Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive, a device that utilizes a hardware based encryption process to deliver a robust, secure (military grade AES 256-bit encryption)1, easy to use and affordable solution to safely make sensitive data portable. Ideal for enterprise companies, government agencies and concerned consumers, the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive offers a higher assurance of security.
Available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB2 capacities, the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive uses a built-in mini-keyboard to authenticate access, incorporating a rechargeable battery so the user can enter a secure code before plugging into a USB port. Users simply enter their secure PIN and plug the drive into any USB 2.0 port on a compatible device. Once access is granted, the drive “unlocks” the media, permitting clearance to all of the content stored on the drive. When the drive is removed from a USB port, the drive automatically re-locks and encrypts the stored media.
“There is a heightened sense of awareness that confidential content is at risk,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President of Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. “Toshiba developed the Encrypted USB Flash Drive as a new way to provide portable data security with one of the highest encryption standards available on the market.”
Should the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive become lost or stolen, it is equipped with a Brute Force Hack Defense Mechanism that will render all stored information irrecoverable after 10 consecutive unsuccessful attempts to enter the secure PIN. The Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive also carries a FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) Publication 140-2 Level 3 certification, issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a certification often required by government agencies and other data security sensitive industries, such as healthcare and finance. The Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive incorporates DataLock® Technology by ClevX, LLC.
Pricing and Availability2,4 Beginning today, the Encrypted USB Flash Drive is available for purchase at select retailers and on http://www.toshiba.com/us/flash-drives for $95.00 MSRP for the 4GB model, $112.00 MSRP for the 8GB model, $140.00 MSRP for the 16GB and $200.00 MSRP for the 32GB model. A 3 Year Standard Limited Warranty3 is included with all models.
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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS) Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Business Solutions Division, Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading notebook computers, tablets and All-in-One computers, televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™, DVD players and media boxes, as well as cloud services; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit us.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm
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1 Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a specification for the encryption of electronic data established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 2 One Gigabyte (1GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes and One Terabyte (1TB) means 1012 = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB= 230 = 1,073,741,824 bytes and 1TB = 240 = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes, and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software, operating system and other factors. 3 The terms and conditions of Toshiba’s standard limited warranty are available at www.warranty.toshiba.com. 4 Reseller prices may vary. MSRP means “Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price.”
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