Fountain Valley, CA—Kingston Digital released the newest addition to its encrypted lineup, the IronKey Vault Privacy 80 external SSD (VP80ES). Moreover, it is Kingston’s first OS-independent external SSD with a touchscreen and hardware encryption for data protection.
“As more and more people continue to work from home and outside of company firewalls, we want to provide higher capacity options of user-friendly military-grade security for small and medium businesses to complement our existing encrypted USB drives,” said Richard Kanadjian, encrypted business manager, Kingston.
“IronKey Vault Privacy 80ES does just that. Between the color touchscreen, the myriad security features, as well as its small form factor, users can truly control their data in their own hands.”
IronKey Vault Privacy 80 Features
Using the Kingston IronKey VP80ES is as innate as unlocking a smartphone and using drag-and drop file transfers. Furthermore, with a color touchscreen and FIPS 197-certified XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, the VP80ES can protect data while remaining user friendly.
The drive works to safeguard against Brute Force attacks and BadUSB with digitally signed firmware for users from content creators to small-to-medium businesses. Its military-grade security measures also “make it greatly superior over using the Internet and cloud services for securing important information,” according to Kingston; whether it is high-res images and video, company information or documents.
In addition, the SSD offers other features for data protection. They include a multi-password (admin/user) option with pin/passphrase modes; configurable password rules with admin option; the choice between numeric pin or passphrase modes; as well as the ability to set configurable password rules. Dual read-only (write-protect) mode settings defend against cybersecurity threats from compromised systems using two levels of read-only protection.
What’s more, users can enable extended security options like the maximum number of shared password attempts; a minimum password length of 6–64 characters; alphanumeric password rules; auto-timeout to lock drive; randomize touchscreen layout; as well as secure-erase to ensure maximum protection of important files.
They can also restore data and access with the admin password, should the user password be forgotten. For additional peace of mind, VP80ES’ Brute Force attack protection crypto-erases the drive if the admin and user passwords are entered incorrectly 15 times in a row by default.
More Password Features
Users also don’t need to fear forgetting their password. With the use of the “space” character, it is easier to remember a passphrase as a list of words, a memorable quote, or lyrics from a favorite song. They can also use the PIN pad to unlock the VP80ES, just as they would on a mobile device. Moreover, to reduce failed log-in attempts and frustration, they can tap the “eye” button to view the password as entered.
Furthermore, the VP80ES is bundled with a neoprene travel case and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 adapter cables to connect to USB Type-C or Type-A supporting computers and other devices. In addition, it offers read speeds up to 250MB/s and write speeds up to 250MB/s.
The Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 external SSD is available in the following capacities and SRPs: 480GB, $435; 960GB, $535; and 1920GB, $765. The SSD is also backed by a limited three-year warranty and free technical support.