The Lok-It secure flash storage comes in two models – a 5-button hard ABS plastic version and a 10-button anodized aluminum one. They’re compatible with all OS platforms and are certified for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 (water-resistance, dust-proof and all that rugged jazz). Both integrate the same types of security features, which the company bills as a four-tier process.
Aside from the PIN entry, it also obfuscates the stored data, which it encodes and decodes in real-time using military-grade, FIPS-approved, AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The encryption key is stored in the system controller, keeping it away from folks who try to get to it through the actual memory. As a last level of security, the main chip, along with all vital internal components, are coated with an epoxy resin, effectively disabling forced physical access.
I’ve never been a firm believer in the potency of consumer-grade security systems, but the Lok-It USB storage sounds mighty capable on paper. There’s no pricing information on the website, but you can contact them about placing an order.
The portable convenience of Flash memory has its security down side. Whether the information contained on a drive consists of military or State secrets or is personal or commercial data, if the drive is lost or stolen varying degrees of panic ensue. Rather than risking potential memory stick security breach from reliance on unsafe software-based methods, the LOK-IT flash drive from Systematic Development employs a hardware-based PIN system that needs to be unlocked before any data can be accessed.
The platform independent LOK-IT secure Flash drive benefits from a four tier process to safeguard the precious data contained within. First a user will need to press the key button, then enter a seven to 15 digit PIN password on the self-contained, on-board PIN pad to unlock the drive. It’s similar in principle to the Flash Drive Lock featured in Gizmag last year, but offers much better hardware authentication.
All of the data on the drive is further protected by military-grade, FIPS approved AES 256-bit encryption, the key being stored in the devices security controller and not in the memory. Lastly, all of the vital components contained within the anodized aluminum water and dust resistant drive (including the Flash memory) are coated with an epoxy resin to counteract any forced entry attempts.