Kingston releases government-level DataTraveler 4000 USB

By on April 24, 2011
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The secure and waterproof USB stick will be available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB varieties.

Press release:
Kingston Digital Europe Ltd, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the Data Traveler 4000 – Managed (DT4000-M) USB Flash drive, a fully managed version of the company’s DataTraveler 4000 product. Specifically developed and priced for enterprise deployments, the FIPS 140-2 validated DT4000-M leverages SafeConsole for Kingston server software from BlockMaster to deliver best-in-class USB protection, flexibility and centralised management control at an affordable cost for organizations in the Middle East.

The Ponemon Institute, a research “think tank”, released data last month highlighting that data breach costs are skyrocketing. Specifically, monetary loss related to mobile devices for US-based organisations surveyed rose 15 percent year-over-year to $258 per record. Data from other industry sources show a 400-percent year-over-year increase in lost USBs during 2010, with 1 in 10 employees losing a USB drive containing corporate info. Additionally, a recent survey from BlockMaster found that 76 percent of workers plug unknown USB drives into their company laptops, exponentially increasing the risk of passing on viruses and malware to their corporate networks.

“Through our own anecdotal research here in the Middle East, we found that similar challenges are arising daily highlighting a significant number of data breaches from USB loss or misuse,” said Antoine Harb, Business Development Manager – MEA. Encryption can protect data from unauthorised access, but in some cases adds complications that prompt employees to circumvent company-approved drives in favour of consumer drives for ease of use.

Addressing these business, technology and user dynamics, the DT4000-M is the only enterprise-focused drive on the market to meet the requirements of all stakeholders, including:
• The right amount of business security at the right cost: Strong, hardware-based encryption; FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation for the entire cryptographic module at a lower cost than competing solutions.
• Granular, customised control for high trust with low overhead: Full device-state management for tight policy enforcement and lockdown of stolen/lost drives – without bricking; customisation for easy asset tagging; and, full audit and backup/recovery for forensic analysis and compliance – including adherence to all data-at-rest regulations.
• Ease-of-use and end user enablement: User-friendly platform offering features such as remote password reset and customisation options

“Recent data loss statistics and events underscore the critical enterprise need — not just for secure USB drives — but for corporate-wide secure USB drive strategies across the Middle East region,” said Antoine Harb, business development manager – MEA, Kingston. “The DT4000-M provides the right level of security with the right level of cost, flexibility and ease-of-use.”

The DT4000-M complements Kingston’s recently announced DataTraveler Vault Privacy – Managed USB Flash drive in benefitting from the world-class SafeConsole® for Kingston server software from BlockMaster, a security leader with the broadest and most mature central management offering on the market.

“Data loss resulting from unsecure and unmanaged USB use has plagued organisations long enough,” said Anders Kjellander, Chief Security Office, BlockMaster. “The DT4000-M is truly impressive. It represents the first time a managed secure FIPS drive is being made available for corporate use at a price point designed to fuel wide and rapid adoption by enterprises. The 100-percent secure and 100-percent managed DT4000-M is a SafeConsoleReady device that will attract a lot of attention.”

The DT4000-M adds another strong platform to the DataTraveler range which comprises the industry’s only secure USB family — ranging from general purpose business use to flexible, managed enterprise offerings as well as platforms for the most secure and rigid government standards. For more information, visit


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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