Kingston's USB Flash Drive the D300 IronKey Receives NATO Security Certification

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Kingston's impressively potent D300 IronKey USB 3.1 flash drive has officially received NATO Restricted Level Certification. With FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification already, the 256-bit AES hardware encrypted USB drive is now acceptable to be used by NATO staff, coinciding with the alliance's security policies. These policies are in place to protect against potential cyber-attacks and more on otherwise classified and sensitive national and international security information.

Impressively for Kingston, it's not its first drive to receive this certification either, in an official statement the company said: "We are pleased that the IronKey D300 series drives are now certified, joining some of our previous encrypted USB drives that were certified in the past, like the D100 and D200. This signifies to customers that IronKey is a well-known and trusted brand throughout NATO and its member government agencies for securing data on a restricted level, Kingston is committed to creating encrypted USBs that protect military and government level data, so customers with strong data protection requirements can be assured that it will meet their data security demands when sensitive data is in transit."


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InterfaceUSB 3.1 Gen 1
Capacity4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
USB 3.1 Gen 1 SpeedUp to 250MB/s read, 85MB/s write
Dimensions77.9 mm x 22.2 mm x 12.05 mm
WaterproofUp to 4 ft.; conforms to IEC 60529 IPX8. Product must be clean and dry before use.
Operating Temperature0°C to 60°C
Storage Temperature-20°C to 85°C
CompatibilityUSB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
Warranty Support5-year warranty, free technical support

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Spec and Design

Not only does the drive come with some of the best hardware encryption around, but it's also one rugged bit of kit too. As standard it uses a digitally signed firmware, and also enforces "complex password protection". The overall casing is zinc and has a "tamper-evident epoxy seal" too.

Kingston also offers two additional variants of the D300 IronKey the D300S and the D300SM bringing two additional features, including a unique serial-number and barcode printed on the drive, and support for a virtual keyboard, allowing the user to enter the password via mouse clicks instead of a physical keyboard to reduce the chance of keylogger interception. Neat huh?

All of those features make the IronKey D300 a fairly pricey flash drive too. The 4GB model alone will set you back $64 on Amazon

Zak Storey

As Associate Editor of Tom's Hardware's prestigous British division, Zak specializes in system building, case reviews and peripherals, and has a particular penchant for liquid-cooling. He's also a lover of all things Viking/Scandinavian (thus the poor attempt at a beard).