Kingston Digital Acquires Imation’s IronKey USB Technology

Kingston Digital Acquires Imation’s IronKey USB Technology


Fountain Valley, CA—Kingston Digital, Inc., the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation Corp.

Kingston has been a provider of encrypted portable solutions for businesses since it launched its first DataTraveler encrypted USB flash drive more than 10 years ago. IronKey, one of the leading alternative brands in encrypted USB flash drive solutions, has been part of the Imation family since 2011. The acquisition will provide Kingston customers with a more comprehensive portfolio of products and services. Kingston stated that it also “demonstrates Kingston’s commitment as the global leader in trusted encrypted solutions for mobile data.”

Kingston DataTraveler 2000 encrypted USB flash drive

During the integration process, Kingston announced there will be no immediate changes to the way business is transacted by channel partners currently supporting IronKey products. “Kingston is known worldwide for its dedication and level of service to its partners, resellers and distributors, and our goal is to maintain strong communication and customer relationships during this time. IronKey customers with any questions or concerns are asked to contact their current distribution or reseller partners, or,” the company stated on its website.

Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 encrypted drive

In addition to Kingston’s acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker Inc. has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services (EMS) platform that provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. DataLocker previously acquired the SafeConsole management system from BlockMaster, the solution that Kingston uses on its current management-ready encrypted USB flash drives.

“The addition and integration of the IronKey brand with our own award-winning line of DataTraveler encrypted USB drives provides a dynamic range of encrypted solutions for customers of all levels who want to protect mobile data,” said Nate Steffens, vice president, Commodity Flash, Kingston. “Having our great partner DataLocker manage both the EMS and SafeConsole platforms is a win for all of our combined customers. We look forward to extending our relationship with DataLocker.”