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Apricorn Aegis Encrypted Storage

Apricorn Aegis Encrypted Storage


Company info

Apricorn Inc. is the leader in encrypted storage solutions. Its headquarters are in California, USA, and all drives are designed and assembled there. Since Apricorn started out in 1983 as an innovator in this space, they have kept innovating. During their time, dozens of award-winning innovations have been developed under the Apricorn brand and for several leading computer manufacturers on an OEM basis.

All their storage solutions feature on-the-fly 100% hardware-based encryption utilizing AES-XTS 256-bit encryption, satisfying US DoD FIPS PUB 197 requirements. While all their drives employ the same encryption and stringent security, only select models have undergone official FIPS 140-2 certification.

Apricorn Aegis Encrypted Storage

All Apricorn Aegis Encrypted Storage are software-free setup and operation and feature host-free onboard keypad authentication. Therefore, there is nothing you need to install on the host for the drive to work. When you first plug the drive in, the host only sees a USB device drawing power; it has no idea what it is yet. Then, you unlock the drive using the onboard keypad. Afterward, the drive is presented to the host as a generic USB storage device. Accordingly, the host has no idea the drive is encrypted storage. Markedly, this has several security benefits:

  • Impervious to keylogger attacks
  • Impossible to software brute-force
  • Deletion of the encryption key upon physical brute-force attempt
  • Data is always encrypted at rest and only decrypted on the fly during transit
  • Power interruption requires re-authentication to access the data again
  • Self-Destruct PIN. In a hostage-type situation where one is forced to unlock the drive, a unique duress PIN presents a blank drive
  • Setting the drive as read-only can be done via administrative policy or user action through the onboard keypad.

Since all their storage devices present as generic USB storage, they are 100% cross-platform compatible. The platform can support the Apricorn devices if it supports any USB-type storage solution.

Finally, they all come with a three-year warranty.

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Model comparison

Model NameForm FactorInterfaceStorage methodIP codeFIPS CertifiedStorage Capacity
Aegis Secure Key 3NXUSB StickUSB 3.2 gen 1 Type AFlash MemoryIP68FIPS 140-2 level 34GB – 256GB
Aegis Secure Key 3NXCUSB StickUSB 3.2 type CFlash MemoryIP68FIPS 140-2 level 34GB – 256GB
Aegis Secure Key 3.0USB StickUSB 3.2 Type AFlash MemoryIP68FIPS 140-2 level 316GB-2TB
Aegis NVXPortable DriveUSB 10Gbs Type-CNVMe SSDIP68None500GB-2TB
Aegis Fortress L3Portable DriveUSB 3.2 Type A and Type C5400 RPM HDD or SSDIP68FIPS 140-2 level 3HDD: 500GB-5TB
SSD: 512GB-20TB
Aegis FortressPortable DriveUSB 3.2 Type A5400 RPM HDD or SSDIP68FIPS 140-2 level 2HDD: 500GB-5TB
SSD: 512GB-20TB
Aegis Padlock 3.0Portable DriveUSB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A5400 RPM HDD or SSDNoneNoneHDD: 500GB-2TB
SSD: 256GB-16TB
Aegis Padlock SSDPortable DriveUSB 3.2 Gen 1 Type ASSDIP66FIPS 140-2 level 2240GB-4TB
Aegis Padlock DTPortable DriveUSB 3.0 Type B Connector7200 RPM HDDNoneNone2TB-24TB
Aegis Padlock DT FIPSPortable DriveUSB 3.0 Type B Connector7200 RPM HDDNoneFIPS 140-2 level 22TB-24TB
Apricorn Model comparison

Note: Padlock DT and Padlock DT FIPS are identical products, except Padlock DT FIPS has been certified for FIPS 140-2, and Padlock DT is less expensive.

IP Code stands for “Ingress Protection code” IP code. (2024, July 6). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_code

IP68 means it is impervious to dust and can be immersed in over a meter of water for an extended period without any harmful impact.

IP66 can be hosed or rinsed with powerful water jets without any harmful effects but should not be immersed in water.

See Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_code for more details