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Rocstor's Amphibious HDD Kicks Data Security Up a Notch

Rocstor took the opportunity at CES Las Vegas to introduce us to its new Amphibious hard drive aimed at those hell-bent on keeping their sensitive data locked up like Fort Knox. Featuring a two-step authentication method, the Amphibious uses a smart card, keypad and real time hardware encryption to make sure your files aren't ever accessed by the wrong person. It's also wrapped in aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, so you're not going to break it open either.

"Amphibious is Rocstor's latest replacement device on steroids. Designed to be used in consumer, enterprise, institutional, military and US governmental applications, it is the most secure and innovative data-at-rest device on the market today, and comes in a compact size and attractive design," Asher Ghadoushi, Director for Rocstor, said in a statement today.

"One of the most distinctive features is that the Amphibious can be integrated with standard Smartcards as well as deployed with US Government CAC or PIV smartcards and it uses the only NITS and FIPS 140-2 validated crypto module for real-time hardware encryption with smart card authentication, allowing users to swap out different brands of hard drives or SSD's."

The Amphibious is made up of a SATA HDD (up to 1 TB in capacity) or SSD, has support for both USB 2.0 or Firewire 800 connectivity, and is compatible with Macs, Windows and Linux machines. It features 256-bit AES key strength as well as a FIPS 140-2-certified crypto module, and is capable of speeds of up to 800 Megabytes per second.

The Amphibious will be available Q1 of 2012 through Rocstor's distribution and reseller channels in USA and Canada, but it's not yet clear how much you'll be forking out for the privilege of secure data.