Apricorn introduces the Aegis Padlock DT FIPS external hard drive

Apricorn has just released the Aegis Padlock DT FIPS external hard drive.

It ranges in price from US $259 – $869 depending on capacity (two to six terabytes) and works on any computer system.

The unit requires users to enter a seven-to-16-digit personal identification number (PIN) before being able to use the drive. Setting up the PIN is easy and the keypad is able to hold up to five individual PINs, including one for an administrator, who is the only person that will have access to all the information on the drive.

Everything stored on the drive is protected with FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation, which is the cryptography standard required by the U.S. federal government.

Other features of the drive include:

  • It auto locks after a predetermined period of inactivity
  • It further protects data from hackers by requiring that the drive be disconnected and reconnected after five incorrect PINs have been entered. This also results in a “crypto-erase,” which renders all data on the drive useless. In this case the drive must be completely reset before it can be used
  • No software is required to use or set up the drive
  • It features an aluminum heat dispensing enclosure and a wear-resistant keypad that won’t show signs of which keys have been used
  • It comes with a one-year limited warranty
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