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Aegis Secure Key - USB 2.0 Flash Drive

FIPS 140-2 Encrypted USB Flash Key with PIN access

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated
  • Military grade Full-disk AES 256-bit CBC Hardware Encryption
  • PIN activated 7-15 digits - Alphanumeric keypad use a memorable number or word for your PIN
  • Dust and water resistant - IP57 Certified
  • No software or drivers required
  • OS and platform independent – compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and embedded systems
  • Designed and Assembled in the U.S.A.
  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • FAQs
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Aegis Secure Key brings security to your fingertipsEasy to use FIPS 140-2 Validated USB flash drive with real-time AES hardware encryption and secure PIN accessThe Aegis Secure Key is simple to use Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key brings security to your fingertips.

This easy to use and affordable USB flash drive incorporates PIN access with military grade 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated
Tested and validated by the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) to meet the U.S. government standards for information technology and computer security. NIST FIPS 140 is the cryptography standard program required by the US federal government for protection of sensitive data.

The Aegis Secure Key’s FIPS 140-2 validation covers 11 areas of its cryptographic security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity. Available in four levels, the Aegis Secure Key’s FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification encompasses both the Aegis Secure Key’s physical tamper-resistant features as well as its identity-based authentication.

Utilizes Military Grade 256-bit AES CBC Hardware Encryption
All data on the Aegis Secure Key is encrypted in real-time with the built in 256-bit AES CBC (Cipher-Block Chained) hardware encryption.

Onboard Alphanumeric Keypad – Prevents Hardware and Software Key Logging
Using a rechargeable battery, the Aegis Secure Key enables the user to unlock the drive with a 7-15 digit PIN before connecting to the USB port on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The embedded keypad prevents hardware and software key logging attempts to capture your password entered via the host system.

Software Free Design – With no admin rights to contend with the Aegis Secure Key is a breeze to implement
The Aegis Secure Key is ready to go right out of the box. It does not require any software or drivers to be installed and is compatible with PCs, MACs, Linux and embedded systems. The Aegis Secure Key uses drag and drop encryption, is plug and play ready and can be used with any off the shelf backup software.

Independent User and Admin PINs
The Aegis Secure Key can be configured with independent User and Admin PINs, making it ideal for corporate and government deployment. If the User forgets their PIN, the drive can be unlocked using the Admin PIN which will then clear the old User PIN and allow the User to set a new PIN.

Drive Reset Feature
The Aegis Secure Key also includes a drive reset feature which clears both User and Admin PINs, destroys the data, creates a new randomly generated encryption key and allows the drive to be reused. The Aegis Secure Key is capable of generating an infinite number of randomly generated encryption keys, allowing the user to reset the drive as and when required.

Dust and Water Resistant Durable Aluminum Housing - IP57 Certified
Protecting data often goes well beyond encryption. Tough enough to go anywhere the Aegis Secure Key resilient design makes it perfect for travel. The Secure Key's rugged, extruded aluminum, crush resistant casing is tamper evident and protects it against physical damage.

The Aegis Secure Key is also certified for Water and Dust Resistance with the IP57 certification. The Ingress Protection (IP) rating is an international standard that tests electrical products against two main environmental factors, liquids and dust. The testing is done independently by a 3rd party and involves two separate tests. In order to receive the certification, the Aegis Secure Key was subjected to a dust chamber for 8 hours and submerged in a water tank at 1 meter for 30 minutes, after which the Secure Key was tested for functionality, and inspected for water and dust in its electronics.

Sealed from Physical Attacks by Tough Epoxy Coating
The internal drive components completely protected by a super tough epoxy compound, which is virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the electronics. This barrier prevents a potential hacker from accessing the encryption circuitry and launching a variety of potential attacks.

Brute Force Self Destruct Feature
As the Aegis Secure Key is unlocked using its own keypad and not via a keyboard, it is not vulnerable to software/hardware based key-loggers or brute force attacks. In addition the Aegis Secure Key further protects your data with a “Brute Force Hack Defense Mechanism”, which deletes the encryption key and destroys all stored data if the incorrect PIN is entered a total of 10 consecutive times.

Auto Lock feature
The Aegis Secure Key automatically locked once you unplug the drive from your computer's USB port or power to the USB port is turned off.

Wear Resistant Key Pad
Designed with protection in mind, the entire Aegis Secure Drive family incorporates ‘wear resistant’ keypads to hide key usage and avoid tipping off a potential hacker to the commonly used keys.

If you’re looking for a tough, affordable solution for protecting your data, the Aegis Secure Key is the solution that you have been looking for.

Interface USB 2.0
Dimensions 80mm x 20mm x 10.5mm (with sleeve) | 78mm x 18mm x 10.5mm (without sleeve) | 25 grams
Warranty 3 year limited warranty
Approvals FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated | IP57 Certified for Dust and Water Resistance
Certification Policies Click here for Security Policies
System Requirements Compatible with Windows, MAC OS, Linux, Android & Symbian
Comments Encryption: AES Cipher-Block Chained mode
Encryption Keys: 256-bit Hardware
Hashing: 256-bit SHA

Aegis Secure Key incorporates DataLock® Technology licensed from ClevX, LLC
How do I unlock the Aegis Secure Key if the battery is dead?

Your Aegis Secure Key has a built-in rechargeable battery. If the battery is fully discharged you can still continue to use the product by following the instructions below:

a) Connect the Aegis Secure Key to a USB port on any computer

b) While the Key is connected to the computer, enter the User or Admin PIN to unlock the drive

c) While connected to the USB port, the internal battery will automatically charge. We recommend you keep the drive connected for approximately 1 hour to fully charge the battery

What if I forget my PIN on my Aegis Secure Key?

If you forget the User and Admin PINs, there is absolutely no way of gaining access to the data stored on the drive, there is no back doors into the drive. You will need to completely reset the Aegis Secure Key by following the directions in section 4. By resetting all data stored on the Key will be inaccessible.

When the Aegis Secure Key is reset the following occurs:

* A new encryption key is generated
* The User and Admin PIN are deleted
* All the data on the Key is no longer accessible
* A new User PIN will need to be set
* The Aegis Secure Key will need to be formatted

Aegis Secure Key brute force or hacking attempt protection
If your Aegis Secure Key has 10 convective unsuccessful attempts to unlock the brute force will activate and will completly reset the drive as follows: 

* A new encryption key is generated
* The User and Admin PIN are deleted
* All the data on the Key is no longer accessible
* A new User PIN will need to be set
* The Aegis Secure Key will need to be formatted
What is FIPS 140-2?
This is a government standard to accredit cryptographic modules. The government regulates certain industries that collect, store and/or transfer sensitive data to use security that meets this standard. For a general explanation:
Why does my drive automatically lock after 7-15 minutes?

Starting with Windows 8 and OSX for the Mac, there is a power setting that will attempt to put all drives to sleep to save power.



For the Mac

Open Energy Saver settings (Applications -> System Preferences -> Energy Saver) and uncheck the option “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”.

Mac settings



For Windows 8.0

From the start screen, type “edit power” and choose to edit plan settings. Select the “Change advanced power setting”. Expand the Hard Disk setting and change the setting ("Never" is a good option if the computer does not operate on battery power).

Windows 8.0 settings

Also Expand the USB setting and change the USB selective suspend setting and change it to “disable”.

Windows 8.0 USB settings



For Windows 8.1

There is a known bug in 8.1 where the above settings will not make the desired change. Microsoft has recently competed a fix to resolve this problem that can be found here.

Microsoft suggested fixes

Aegis Secure Key Quick Start Guide Aegis_Secure_Key_QSG.pdf
Aegis Secure Key Manual ASK_Manual_9-13-2013.pdf
Datasheet Apricorn 2014 Datasheet Apricorn 2014.pdf


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