Apricorn Aegis 128GB Secure Key 3Z 256-bit AES XTS Hardware Encrypted Secure USB 3.0 memory key
The Aegis Secure Key 3z is the most popular member of the Aegis family of AES-256 bit hardware encrypted USB storage devices. Incorporating Apricorn's 'Software-Free' design approach, the USB 3.0 ASK 3z is completely cross platform compatible, requires no Admin Rights to setup or use, and is super secure with embedded authentication that isloates all critical security parameters from the host system. The ASK 3z includes all popular features including Recovery PINs, User Forced Enrollment, and compatibility with Apricorn's Aegis Configurator. The ASK 3z is IP57 rated and FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated (Cert #2824).
Features and Benefits
- FIPS 140-2 level 3 Validated
- On-the-Fly 100% Hardware-Based Encryption
- Software-Free Setup and Operation
- Cross-Platform Compatible
- Host-Free Onboard Keypad Authentication
- Extruded Aluminum Enclosure with Protective Sleeve
Small Size, Big Data Security
Apricorn's smallest secure USB drive brings the ultimate in portability, affordability and data protection. Software-Free, 100% hardware-based 256-bit AES XTS encrypted USB key, onboard keypad PIN authenticated, and ultra-fast USB 3.1 (3.0) data transfer speeds. All Data is encrypted on the fly and the device’s PINs and Data remain encrypted while the drive is at rest. Completely cross-platform compatible and OS agnostic; thrives in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Chrome, embedded systems, and equipment possessing a powered USB port and storage file system. All internal componentry is protected from physical tampering with a layer of hardened epoxy, and locked-down firmware brings immunity to malware attacks such as BadUSB.
The heart and soul of every Apricorn Secure Device, AegisWare is a patent-protected firmware combined with the industry’s most advanced feature set.
FIPS 140-2 Level 3
Meets 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 3z’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 validation encompasses both the Aegis Secure Key’s physical tamper-resistant features as well as its identity-based authentication. As a secure USB drive tested and validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use by the Federal governments of the USA, Canada and others, the Aegis Secure Key 3z is based on Apricorn’s FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated encryption module as indicated by certificate #2824. The Secure Key’s security policy is located on the NIST site at the following link. The epoxy coated boundary includes all encryption functions and all Critical Security Parameters (CSPs) such as PIN storage, encryption key generation and storage, random number and seed generators, all firmware storage, and device storage. The FIPS module is a complete encryption system, and all CSPs never leave the boundary and are never shared with a host system.
Aegis Configurator Compatible
Aegis's Configurator is a Windows-Based App that Quickly Sets Up Multiple Devices Simultaneously. Create custom profiles and mass configure multiple devices in a matter of seconds using the Aegis Configurator. To configure an expanded number of devices, use the Powered Aegis Configurator Hub bundle.
Separate Admin and User Mode
Admin (Device Configuration) Mode and User Access Mode. The Aegis Secure Key supports independent Admin and User PINs. The Admin mode controls the universal programmable settings of the device and can only be accessed with the Admin PIN. The User mode is limited to basic external drive functions like read /write, unlock / lock, etc. The data on the drive can also be accessed with the admin PIN in the User mode.
Drive is Unlocked by Entering a PIN on Keypad and not the Host Computer’s Keyboard. Until the secure USB drive device is unlocked via its keypad, it remains invisible to the host. The embedded keypad circumvents all hardware and software key logging attempts to capture passwords by excluding the host system from the authentication process. Polymer-coated buttons are wear-resistant and designed to not reveal most commonly used buttons.
Admin Forced Enrollment
Unique PIN Must be Established at Time of Setup. Eliminates Factory Default PIN Vulnerability. Out of the box, there are no factory pre-set default PINs. In order to set up and use the drive, a unique PIN must first be established by the Admin, from within the Admin mode.
User Forced Enrollment
Admin Can Program Device at Setup Requiring User to Establish a Unique PIN. Once a device is configured by the Admin, it can then be deployed in a state of USER FORCED ENROLLMENT in which the User must first establish his or her own User PIN before the drive can be accessed or used.
Data Recovery PINs
Creates State of User Forced Enrollment that Restores Access to Drive. In the event that a User PIN is forgotten, Recovery PINs can be programmed into the device to permit access to the drive’s data by creating a new state of User Forced Enrollment while the Admin PIN and the drive’s data remain intact. Once a replacement User PIN is generated, access to the drive is restored for the user.
Two Read-Only Modes
Global, All Access Settings Controlled by Admin, and User Mode Controlling Individual Settings. Employed in situations that require the drive’s contents to be kept intact and unaltered for later examination. The two Read-Only modes are as follows: Universal Read Only is set by the admin from within the admin mode and can’t be modified or disabled by anyone but the admin. The second read-only mode can be set and disabled by a user but can also be enabled or disabled by the admin as well.
Programmable PIN Lengths
Admin Designates Minimum and Maximum PIN Lengths (between 7 and 16 Characters). The longer the PIN, the more secure the data on the device becomes. For example, the odds of brute force success on a secure USB drive go from 1/10,000,000 with a 7-digit PIN to 1/100,000,000 with an 8 digit PIN. In cases where the User sets up his or her own PIN from User Forced Enrollment, the Admin can set an enhanced User password length requirement as part of the overall security policy.
Select the Number of Consecutive Invalid PIN Attempts Permitted (4-20) Before Crypto-Erase. All Aegis Secure Drives are unlocked (authenticated) by entering a PIN on their own onboard keypad. Since the PIN is not entered using the host computer’s keyboard, they are not vulnerable to software or hardware-based key-loggers or software-based brute force attacks. However, if the device comes under a physical brute force attack, your data is protected with a programmable “Brute Force Hack Defense Mechanism” which, if the programmed number (between 4 and 20) of consecutive incorrect password entries has been attempted, the device will delete its own encryption key and destroy the ability to decrypt its stored data.
Unintended Auto Lock
Programmable Length of Time of Inactivity Permitted Before Drive Locks Itself. All Aegis Secure USB Drives will automatically lock once disconnected from a computer’s USB port or the power to that USB port is interrupted, or after a pre-programmed period of inactivity.
Allows Drive to Remain Unlocked During USB Port Re Enumeration (Virtual Machine, Remote Boot). Designated for specific cases in which the key needs to remain unlocked through USB port re-enumeration such as during reboot, or passing through a virtual machine.
Drive Reset Feature
All Apricorn Devices can be Reset and Redeployed Over and Over. Drive reset clears both the User and Admin PINs, destroys the data, creates a new randomly generated encryption key and allows the drive to be reused repeatedly, with an infinite number of randomly generated encryption keys, allowing the admin and or user to reset the drive as often as is needed.
When Programmed and Activated, Performs a Crypto-Erase and Becomes New Access PIN. The last line of defense for data security when the device’s physical security is at risk. The Self-Destruct PIN defends against these physically compromising situations by erasing the key’s contents, leaving it in normal working order appearing yet to be deployed.
Dust and Water Resistant Durable Aluminum Housing Protecting data goes well beyond encryption. Tough enough to go anywhere, the Aegis Secure Key’s resilient design makes it perfect for travel and field applications. With its rugged, extruded aluminum crush-resistant casing, the Aegis Secure Key is tamper evident and well-protected against physical damage.
Download Aegis Secure Key 3z Users Manual (pdf)
Designed and Assembled in California
|Product||Aegis Secure Key 3Z|
|Data Transfer Rate||Up to 190MB/s Read / 80MB/s Write|
|Power Supply||USB Port / Internal Battery (rechargeable by USB)|
|Interface||Super Speed USB 3.1 (Backwards compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1)|
|Dimensions Life||81mm x 18.4mm x 9.5mm | 22 g|
|Warranty||3-year Limited Warranty by Apricorn|
|Approvals||FIPS 140-2 Level 3, IP-67, FCC, CE, VCCI, WEE, C-TICK|
|Compliance||Trade Agreements Act (TAA),|
|System Requirements||Windows®, Mac®, Linux, Android and Symbian systems, or any powered USB OS with a storage file system|