The First USB 3.0 Hard Drive to Receive FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certification

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jun 11, 2015 05:15 pm PST

Hard Drive to Receive FIPS 140-2 Level 3IronKey H350 Is a High-Security, High-Performance, Centrally Managed USB Drive Safe from Targeted Attacks Such as BadUSB and Equation Group

Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced the new IronKey H350 USB 3.0 hard drive. The IronKey H350 is the only USB 3.0 hard drive to achieve FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation (certification #2359) to meet the most stringent 256-bit encryption requirements mandated for government agencies, defence contractors, and healthcare and financial-services enterprises. With this high-security, high-performance USB hard drive, government agencies and enterprises can have the assurance that the entire drive – not just its encryption components – is compliant with this standard, keeping it safe from targeted attacks such as BadUSB and Equation Group.

The H350 comes in two versions – Basic and Enterprise – offering organisations and agencies a choice for their mobile security needs. The IronKey Basic H350 is encased in a tamper-resistant, high-strength aluminum enclosure and features AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, USB 3.0 performance and a Section 508-compliant control panel localised for eight languages. The IronKey Enterprise H350 includes all the same features plus an on-premises or cloud-based management console that lets IT customise security policies and deploy and manage protected portable devices across the enterprise. The management system can remotely wipe or destroy a lost or stolen device and also provides the only secure password reset mechanism that allows users to recover data without erasing the contents on the drive or using a backdoor to reset the password. In addition, the IronKey H350 backs up the brand’s reputation for ruggedness and dependability with a five-year warranty.

“With the BadUSB attack, the spotlight is on USB-related threats,” said Ken Jones, IronKey vice president of engineering and product management. “These recent attacks highlight the importance of allowing only secure devices to access company networks and data. All IronKey products, including the H350 hard drives, feature firmware signing that makes them immune to these new types of threats, so enterprises and agencies can reliably protect sensitive data.”

IronKey Basic and Enterprise H350 Technical Advantages:

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 full-device certification for compliance with regulatory requirements
  • NIST approved  XTS-AES 256-bit encryption
  • Data partition that can be formatted with FAT32 or NTFS
    1. FAT32 supports cross platform usage (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    2. NTFS is Windows only but supports large individual files greater than 4GB
  • Fast transfer of large files to local secure storage. Use cases include:
  1. Moving large data sets such as medical images, research information and video  between offices/homes
  2. Fast, secure local backup of computer systems
  3. Video streaming for training or mission information, so sensitive information never resides on the displaying computer
  • Enterprise management on premises or in the cloud with the IronKey Enterprise Management Server or Service.
    1. Monitor when and where device is unlocked
    2. Securely recover password if user forgets it
    3. Remotely wipe or destroy device if it is lost or stolen
    4. Device is disabled until end user activates it through the management system
  • Support for eight languages, including English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish

Availability and Pricing:

IronKey H350 hard drives are attractively priced starting at around £195 for the 500GB device and are immediately available from authorised channel partners.

About Imation Corp.

imation_corp.Imation is a global data storage and information security company. Our products and solutions help organisations and individuals store, manage and protect their digital content. Imation’s storage and security portfolio includes Nexsan™ high-density, archive and solid-state optimised unified hybrid storage solutions; IronKey mobile security solutions that address the needs of professionals for secure data transport and mobile workspaces; and consumer storage solutions, audio products and accessories sold under the Imation™, Memorex™ and TDK Life on Record™ brands. Imation reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful global distribution network. For more information, visit

Imation, the Imation logo, IronKey, the IronKey logo, Nexsan and Memorex are trademarks of Imation Corp. and its subsidiaries. TDK Life on Record is used under a trademark license from TDK Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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