9th January 2013

datAshur awarded critical US data security benchmark FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification

iStorage, a leading specialist in portable storage and digital encryption, has received the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 certification for its datAshur hardware encrypted USB flash drive*. Considered a benchmark in US government data security, this critical and globally recognised metric demonstrates a technology device has passed a stringent set of rigorous testing procedures and meets the highest standard set for encryption algorithms and data protection.

FIPS 140-2 validation is a crucial FIPS standard in data security as it is required for products utilising cryptography to be procured by the US government. The standard examines 11 areas of a cryptographic module used by a device’s security system, including physical security, cryptographic key management and design assurance. It is available in four qualitative levels offering increasing stages of security. FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certifies the datAshur’s tamper-resistant physical security in addition to its identity-based authentication features.

As a vital measure of data security, the information security standard certification from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will reassure organisations of all sizes across the UK and beyond of the robust level of protection offered by the datAshur’s security features. Securing FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification confirms that the datAshur has passed demanding testing, conforming to CAVP (Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program) or CMVP (Cryptographic Module Validation Program) by a certified third-party laboratory.

“We are very proud to have received FIPS 140-2 Level 3 accreditation for the datAshur, which is already in use at a number of high profile and responsible organisations that value their data on the move,” said John Michael, CEO at iStorage. “This rigorous testing and certification procedure offers reassurance for CIOs and IT Managers at every organisation that the datAshur meets the strictest standard of data protection, which is a vital and critical requirement for today’s data security environment.”

About datAshur

  • Alphanumeric keypad – Onboard keypad prevents hardware and software keylogging
  • 7-15 digit PIN code access – Up to 15 digit memorable number or word
  • Military grade protection – AES 256-bit hardware encryption protects data in real time
  • Tamper resistant – Epoxy resin destroys circuit board components if tampered with
  • Robust design – Sealed extruded aluminium casing protects from dust and water
  • Auto-lock – datAshur will auto lock on loss of power or ejection to prevent access
  • OS/Host independent – Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, Android and Symbian

The datAshur does not employ software and requires the PIN to be entered via the onboard alphanumeric keypad before the drive is inserted into the USB port on a computer, tablet or mobile device. This ensures keyloggers do not have the opportunity to capture your password inputted via a keyboard. Furthermore, datAshur’s Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism will destroy the encryption key and all stored data if the PIN is incorrectly entered 10 consecutive times.

For further information on iStorage’s range of data storage solutions visit or call +44 (0)20 8537 3435.

Notes for Editors
datAshur from iStorage is available in four different data capacities:

Data capacity Price (VAT excl.)
4GB £39.00
8GB £59.00
32GB £79.00
64GB £99.00

Further information on FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification can be found at

*iStorage datAshur is developed and manufactured by iStorage Ltd and is based on DataLock® technology licensed from ClevX, LLC.

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iStorage has received FIPS 140-2 Level 3 accreditation for its datAshur hardware encrypted USB flash drive. A benchmark in US government security, this critical and globally recognised metric confirms the device meets the highest standard set for encryption algorithms and data protection.

About iStorage

iStorage provides high performance and ultra-secure portable data storage products to users who need to protect their data held on PCs, Macs and portable devices. The founders of iStorage are pioneers in their field and hold several patents, both granted and pending, on a range of related data storage and security products. With a strong belief in careful product selection and unrivalled customer service, iStorage continues to deliver market leading innovations in portable data storage and digital encryption technology. Further information can be found on or by contacting / +44 (0)20 8537 3435.

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