POWAY, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB data storage devices, today announced the Aegis Fortress L3's FIPS 140-2 level 3 validation (certification #3603) was awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. For industries and institutions requiring high levels of data security such as healthcare, finance, defense, and legal, the L3 delivers compliance with the most stringent data security regulations such as HIPAA, FERPA, Gramm-Leach-Billey Act, and GDPR.
Originally released in early 2019, the Fortress L3 features Apricorn's latest encryption chipset that delivers write and read speed increases of up to 50% and 80% respectively, over the first-generation Fortress SSD models.
In contrast to many other FIPS validated encrypted USB portable drives, the Fortress L3 carries a complete FIPS 140-2 Level-3 validation meaning that the boundary addresses the entire device--the electronics, the actual drive, and the enclosure--which is milled from a solid block of aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum alloy. These two aluminum halves are first joined together using snap-off unidirectional security fasteners and then cemented and potted with epoxy to both discourage and capture evidence of tampering. Beyond tamper proofing, this ruggedized exterior is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, demanding field conditions, and provide resistance to shock. "Now that this FIPS validation has been finalized, the wait is over for our heavily regulated customers that want higher performance but require level 3," said Kurt Markley, Apricorn's Director of Sales. "The performance enhancements aside, for our customers with elevated security policies, the Fortress L3's complete device validation checks off a lot of boxes that other drives don't."
Like all Aegis Secure Drives and Secure Keys, the Fortress L3 comes standard with AegisWaretm: Apricorn's proprietary firmware and feature set that is deployed universally on all Aegis Secure Drives. From the Aegis Secure Keys to the large capacity Desktop models, the feature set and controls are universal from model to model, with all passwords and commands entered by way of the device's onboard keypad. 100% of the authentication and encryption processes take place within the devices themselves, never involving host software or sharing password or encryption key data with any host computers. Additionally, all have military grade 256-bit AES XTS encryption and firmware is locked down and can't be updated or modified, defending against sophisticated attacks such as BadUSB.
Aegis Fortress L3--with interchangeable Type-A and Type-C connector cables--features the following:
For more information about the Aegis Fortress L3, visit https://www.apricorn.com/aegis-fortress-l3
Headquartered in Poway, California, Apricorn provides secure storage innovations to the most prominent companies in the categories of finance, healthcare, education, and government throughout North America, Canada and EMEA. Apricorn products have become the trusted standard for myriad data security strategies worldwide. Founded in 1983, numerous award-winning products have been developed under the Apricorn brand as well as for a number of leading computer manufacturers on an OEM basis.
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