CipherShield drive safeguards and protects classified information when they are too important to be left in the hand of one individual. To gain access to the drive, authentication will be based on one unique Cipherkey. It requires one key to be plugged in all the time while working with the drive. It is like getting a safe deposit box that takes one key to open. It is suitable for group setting where more than one individual is working on highly confidential projects. i.e. blueprints for company’s next new products, top secret programs, highly confidential legal cases, sensitive customer records and financial information.

CipherShield design features a chip embedded in the access key which matches the AES encryption module on the controller board. The drive will automatically lock down its content once the key is unplugged, or power is shut off. And without the access key, data will not be seen or accessed in the event of theft or loss of the external drive. Data stored on the hard drive are safeguarded by hardware-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certified industrial strength AES (Advanced Encryption standard) cryptographic engine. The advantage of hardware encryption over software encryption is that you need not be concerned about Trojans/viruses or software upgrades, which results in a decrease of total cost of ownership. You do not need to remember complicated password or PIN. Since CipherShield encrypts data independent of the operating system; removing the drive and connecting it directly to the SATA BUS will not defeat the encryption. Unit is bundled with two keys and registration is required for key duplication.

256-bit AES is our base model that meets FIPS 140-2 level 2/HIPAA requirements demanded by the military, government, banks, financial institutions, universities, datacenters, legal, healthcare, and other fields of business. 512-bit is our deluxe models that implements 2 stage cascade AES 256-bit that equals to 512-bit encryption. For a step-up in security, dual keys models require plugging two keys to authenticate the drive implementing two-factor authentication 2FA standard. For the ultimate in security, dual-keys 512-bit implements 2FA function with 512-bit AES encryption.

     Some of the features of our CipherShield encrypted storage products:
  • Ease of Use: CipherKey-In, Real time encryption and data access; CipherKey-Out, Data shielded and data inaccessible
  • Faster, and more secure than software encryption
  • No more memorizing of difficult passwords
  • No device drivers required
  • Operates transparently to the OS; does not require drivers
  • Hardware encryption is better than password/software-based encryption
  • Encryption is on the removable hardware key; can be removed and stored away to prevent unauthorized access
  • Available in 256-bit & 512-bit FIPS 140-2 Level 2 AES encryption

CipherShield encryption technology utilizes industry standard proven algorithms such as NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) certified AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) to securely protect your data from unauthorized disclosure or undetected modification during transmission or while in storage. CipherShield achieves highest security to its products by using hardware encryption that encrypt/decrypt the data bit-by-bit.

Using CipherShield, authorized users must have the key that was used to encrypt the data in order to decrypt it. The unique key chosen for use in a particular application makes the results of encrypting data using the algorithm unique. Hence, using a different key will not work. CipherShield technology is entirely independent of the computer operating system and it is fully compatible with all disk drive protocols. CipherShield technology will not decrease the performance of the computer system because it does not use any software or drivers to encrypt the data.

CipherShield Hard Drives come with two keys. For additional keys duplication, registration with CipherShield.com is required. CipherShield Drives are available in 2.5" and 3.5" sizes, and they are housed in a stackable metal alloy case that dissipates heat. All drives are pre-formatted for 100% quality control and convenience to the user.