5 February 2012, Comments: 0

 February 2012         Ian Chiu

With data theft on the rise, every company is at an increasing risk of losing critical business data. This is where data encryption steps in and Apricorn has a simple yet a sophisticated solution that might appeal to big and small companies alike. The Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT, as the name might suggest, uses an onboard keypad to unlock data on the drive via a PIN. In this case, the PIN can be anywhere from 6 to 16 digits and you can enter up to 5 passkeys for different users. The encryption keys and PINs are also never exposed to the host PC and they are protected using SHA-256 hazing cryptographic algorithm.

Data going in and out of Aegis Padlock is encrypted and decrypted respectively using military grade FIPS PUB 197 validated AES-XT 256-bit hardware encryption. For additional protection, Apricorn installs brute force self-destruct mode as well as Variable Time Circuit (VTC) which thwart “timing attacks” that infiltrates Padlock’s electronics by studying user behavior. Last not but least, the encryption circuitry is completely sealed by a tough epoxy compound that makes it impossible to remove without damaging the electronics. All these security features don’t actually affect speed and usability as the Aegis is boasted by USB 3.0 interface and it works with no admin privilege and there’s no software to install so it’s as cross-platform friendly as it gets. The Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT desktop drives will retail for $239 (1TB) to $369 (3TB).