Kingston Digital Launches New Ultra-Secure USB Flash Drive

DataTraveler 5000 Certified for Government-Approved Secure Data Protection

Hsinchu, Taiwan – (January 29, 2010) – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the DataTraveler 5000 USB Flash drive. The DataTraveler 5000 is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified with Level 3 pending, and features 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption. It uses XTS cipher mode and also uses elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms to meet Suite B standards approved by the U.S. government.

“The DataTraveler 5000 delivers unsurpassed levels of security and encryption to government and enterprise customers,” said Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “This portable data solution represents state-of-the-art data protection while providing end users with the simplicity of plug and play.”

The DataTraveler 5000 utilizes patented Secured by SPYRUS technology which supports hardware-based 256-bit AES-XTS and Suite B cryptography, including ECC. Suite B algorithms were specifically selected and approved by the U.S. government and the Department of Defense for use in multinational data sharing environments including both classified and unclassified applications. XTS-AES mode is a cipher mode for encryption that is much stronger than CBC, ECB and other modes. SPYRUS, Inc., is the leader in the development of advanced hardware-based encryption, authentication and digital content security products.

FIPS 140-2 certification requires a validation process that meets federal requirements set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This is critical because many governmental agencies in the United States mandate that sensitive “data at rest” (i.e., all information not in the network) must be encrypted with the FIPS 140-2 standard. Level 2 means the DataTraveler 5000 has a tamper-evident construction which acts to notify any users if their drive has been tampered with. It also has a power-on self test that verifies the encryption mechanism is running properly each time the drive is plugged into a USB port. The drive is expected to receive a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certificate soon.

The DataTraveler 5000 is available in 2-, 4-, 8- and 16GB capacities. It will also be available with an onboard Malware scanning application via Kingston’s extensive customization program.

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Compatibility Table

Operating System File Transfer Password Protection
Windows 7 Yes Yes
Windows Vista5 (SP1, SP2) Yes Yes
Windows XP (SP1, SP2, SP3) Yes Yes

Kingston DataTraveler 5000 USB Flash Drive
Part Number Capacity and Features
DT5000/2GB DataTraveler 5000 2GB
DT5000/4GB DataTraveler 5000 4GB
DT5000/8GB DataTraveler 5000 8GB
DT5000/16GB DataTraveler 5000 16GB

DataTraveler 5000 Features and Specifications:

· Dimensions: 3.06″ x 0.9″ x 0.47″ (77.9mm x 22mm x 12.05mm)

· Capacities1: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB· Compatibility: designed to USB 2.0 specifications

· Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)

· Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°to 85°C)

· Minimum System Requirements2: USB 2.0 compliant and 1.1 compatible

Two (2) free consecutive drive letters required for use

· FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certified

· Secure: drive locks down after 10 intrusion attempts and encryption key is destroyed

Enforced complex password protection: password is user set with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access

Passwords never stored on device

Hardware designed and assembled in the U.S.

SPYRUS Suite B on Board

Elliptic curve cryptography

Secure channel communication

Digitally signed firmware updates using Suite B SHA-384 and ECDSA P-384

DT5000 can operate with AutoRun disabled

Enforces tamper-free AutoRun files

Fully customizable Malware scanning option3

· Cryptography: Made in the U.S.

· Full Privacy: 100 percent of stored data is protected by 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware-based encryption ? master key recreated at logon

· Customizable3: preload content, full security policy customization, casing options· Tamper Evident: tamper-evident coating/seal for physical security

· Waterproof4: protected against water damage· Guaranteed: five-year warranty with free customer support

· Ruggedized: waterproof and titanium-coated stainless steel casing

1 Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage.  For more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at

2 First free drive letters after physical devices such as system partition, optical drives, etc.

3 Available via customization program.

4 Up to 4 ft.

5 Does not support ReadyBoost™.