Apricorn introduces Aegis NVX hardware-encrypted USB storage device

Employing proprietary architecture, the Aegis NVX is the first Apricorn encrypted device to feature an NVME SSD inside, to address the immediate protection of raw data delivered directly from its source at high speeds.

Initial capacity offerings will be 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, with a price range of £280.00 – £600.00 MSRP.

The NVX was conceived to meet demands and product requirements such as for use with high-definition video cameras with the capability to write to an external SSD via USB C or HDMI. The NVX’s high-speed read/write capabilities at 1,000MB/s are sought after in the fields of military intelligence, digital forensics, filmmaking, and healthcare, where write speeds over 600MB/s are critical.

“With the advent of NVMe technology, Apricorn saw an opportunity to develop encrypted storage for users who are operating ultra-fast devices, but have had to settle for awkward, multi-step means of securing data,” said Kurt Markley, U.S. Managing Director at Apricorn.

“We built the NVX with NVMe speeds and took it a step further with our own unique approach based on Apricorn’s 40-year legacy as pioneers in secure device innovation. We patented our design, which takes high-speed output and simultaneously writes and encrypts on the fly. It can keep up with whatever machine it’s hooked up to, with speed to spare,” concluded Markley.

While the Aegis NVX is Apricorn’s first device to utilise their new design patented NVME architecture, it still functions like all Apricorn secure drives in that it shares no CSPs with its host, and employs no software component in its authentication and encryption processes.

In contrast to software-encrypted devices which require host computer interaction, the Aegis NVX’s onboard keypad facilitates its own authentication. Additionally, its internal encryption module performs all encryption and decryption processes, which is key to its compatibility with virtually any operating system, as well as equipment with no operating system or keyboard.

“For most applications, the speeds of our encrypted HDDs and SSDs continue to do a great job of covering the performance needs of our users,” added Markley. “But teams who are working with technology such as HD video cameras, medical imaging and forensic tools are going to be excited about the speed and rugged security of this device. They can take the NVX in any environment and it’s going to protect their data in real-time with USB 10Gbps, a superspeed transfer rate that is not limited by the traditional USB type. Plus, it doesn’t require software.”

Roughly 75% of the size of a smartphone, the NVX enclosure is milled from a solid block of 6061 aluminium alloy and assembled with breakaway headless fasteners and epoxy threadlock. The wear-resistant membrane keypad has been tested to 10,000 presses.

The Aegis NVX comes standard with AegisWare , Apricorn’s proprietary firmware and feature set which was developed to address constantly evolving security threats and business needs for highly regulated sectors such as government, defence, finance, manufacturing and healthcare.

Additional security advantages of Apricorn’s USB 10Gbps hardware-encrypted Secure Keys include:

  • On-the fly 100% hardware-based encryption
  • Software-free setup and operation
  • 1 Admin and 4 separate user PINs
  • OS Agnostic – completely cross-platform compatible
  • Onboard wear-resistant keypad for authentication
  • Real-time 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption
  • Separate administrator and user modes
  • Forced-enrolment / and user forced enrolment
  • Programmable minimum PIN length
  • Advanced configurations for enhanced security
  • Rugged milled aluminium 6061 alloy with breakaway fasteners and epoxy threadlock
  • IP-67 validated against water and dust intrusion
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