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Apricorn Unveils Super Tough, Crush Resistant Encrypted SSD

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  1. Cristian_25H


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    Apricorn, a leading designer and manufacturer of secure mobile storage products, has expanded into the rapidly growing ruggedized space with its new, super tough encrypted USB 3.0 solid state drive. Constructed with military grade durability and FIPS 140-2 validated security, the Aegis Padlock SSD is designed specifically to meet the stringent and rigorous needs of Government, Military and Law Enforcement.

    Boasting a crush resistant, aluminum enclosure rated to over 6500 lbs, the Aegis Padlock SSD is both water resistant and impervious to dust and grit, making this secure USB 3.0 solid state drive as tough as they come. With no moving parts, the drive is drop and vibration resistant, unaffected by high humidity and works in extreme temperatures.


    "For those deployed in harsh environments, computing solutions must be built to the highest level of durability and reliability. Sensitive data may be used for mission-critical applications, and failure in the field is just not an option," said Mike McCandless, VP of Sales and Marketing at Apricorn. "With this in mind, we tasked our engineers to come up with super rugged drive that could really take a beating; one that not only protects data against a myriad of security threats, but physical threats as well."

    Invincible to key logging attacks, all data on the drive is protected with real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption and access to the drive is protected with the user's unique PIN via an onboard keypad.

    Validated to NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 requirements, the cryptography standard required by the US federal government for protection of sensitive data; the Aegis Padlock SSD has undergone rigorous testing on 11 cryptographic levels, including design integrity, physical security and cryptographic key management.

    With software free setup and operation, the Aegis Padlock SSD requires no software updates or admin rights, making it easy to implement in corporate environments. The Aegis Padlock SSD also incorporates security enhancements such as a Timed Auto-lock and Brute Force Self Destruct feature that uses a crypto erase to destroy the encryption key when the PIN is incorrectly entered 20 consecutive times.

    Combine the SSD performance with an integrated USB 3.0 cable for data transfer speeds up to 230 MB/s, and you have one powerful drive.

    • Rugged Solid State Drive - Drop and vibration resistant, unaffected by high humidity and works in extreme temperatures
    • Crush Resistant, Solid Aluminum Enclosure - Rated to 6500 lbs
    • Dust and Water Resistant Design
    • Secure PIN Access - Onboard keypad prevents hardware and software key logging
    • Military grade AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption - protects 100% data in real time
    • Software Free Design - Cross platform compatible, and no Administrator Rights required
    • Independent Admin and User PINs - Perfect for corporate deployments or as a business collaboration tool
    • Integrated USB 3.0 cable for data transfer speeds up to 230 MB/s
    • Tamper resistant - Epoxy resin destroys circuit board and encryption chip if tampered with
    • Auto-lock - Ideal for protecting your data when you're away from your computer, you can configure the drive to lock after a pre-determined amount of time of your choosing
    • Brute Force Attack Defense Mechanism - Crypto erase after 20 consecutive failed entries
    • Encryption keys are randomly generated
    • OS/Host independent - Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and more
    • Available in Capacities of up to 480 GB

    Apricorn's Aegis Padlock SSD is available from online retailers and Apricorn's website at http://www.apricorn.com/padlock-ssd.html.

    • 120 GB: $429
    • 240 GB: $629
    • 480 GB: $999

    3 year limited
  2. Blue-Knight


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    Too much for a thing that will last 8-16 months (if you're lucky)... I wouldn't buy it, it would be wiser to throw my money into the garbage and burn it to make sure no one will find it and spend it further.

    Haha, do you still believe in this?! Please, don't make me cry.
  3. RCoon

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    I bet that USB 3.0 cable that's hardwired into the device isnt crush resistant. I sense a problem here.
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    Exactly my thoungts :)
  5. xorbe

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    Ditto, first thing I thought of ... all that encrypted data at the mercy of that cord.
  6. rooivalk


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    Seriously guys?
    This is not common storage, this is made to hold (but mobile) important/classified data not your p0rn and doodles. The data itself may cost the company tens of thousand dollars.

    Imagine if you travel 1000 miles to a big project in secluded area (it's not uncommon, like modernization of IT infrastructure in plantation, mine, or secluded province/state). You spend 1-3 weeks to gather information, interview people, make analysis, draw diagram, chart, write report etc and on the way back your storage device suddenly got crushed by accident. That's a total nightmare. It will be inevitable long delay (even with professional data recovery) in your project and your client won't be happy about it. Your company may forced to pay huge compensation for extended deadline not mention your team paychecks. Especially more with hundred thousands dollar projects.
    1. There's an indent in the body to hold and protect the entire cable.
    2. Even if it crushed, I don't think it's that hard/expensive to replace/rewire the USB. It'll be way more damaging if the data crushed.
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  7. xorbe

    Feb 14, 2012
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    I have a USB device with one of those "indent" cables. The usb cable outer shield is ripped off from the body of the device, and I am extremely gentle with it because now it is dangling by the internal wires of the cable. That's the weak point I really meant to refer to.

    But maybe the cable has a plug on the other end that we can't see from the photos. I'm guessing not since it comes with an additional extension cable.
  8. Arjai


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    Perhaps a Carbon Fibre braided cord and some sort of hinged cover over the USB...?
    Crunching for Team TPU
  9. AsRock

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    Thats why it clips in place at the side of the unit.. But who cares if it is a USB 3 cable it don't do full USB 2 speeds lol.
    10 Year Member at TPU

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