Can you afford a data breach?

Did you know that in the UK 22,000 USB flash drives end up at the dry cleaners each year and only half of them are ever returned?* Data breaches often happen as a result of employee negligence but less than 20% of organisations with USB flash drive policies enforce the use of encrypted USBs.

With GDPR now being enforced, keeping your company’s data secure has never been more important – not only to comply with the regulation, but also to protect your business. Data protection is complex but one area that is often overlooked is ‘data on the move’ and the use of USB flash drives. Copying data from a company server or network on to a USB flash drive is common practice when employees need to take company data to a meeting or work remotely, but what if the flash drive is lost or stolen? The data is exposed and could be misused or exploited and if personal data is involved the breach could lead to a heavy fine and damage to reputation and trust, as we have seen with examples in the media.

All is not lost

Kingston Technology offers a range of encrypted USB flash drives from the DataTraveler 2000, with pin pad authentication, through to the robust IronKey S1000. All drives come with military-grade, hardware-based AES 256-bit XTS encryption which has never been broken. For organisations that employ remote or overseas workers encrypted flash drives are an ideal solution.

Having the hardware is one thing but having a corporate IT policy in place is a pre-requisite and must go hand in hand with their use. One alternative is a managed solution whereby a central IT administrator can manage numerous USB drives remotely anywhere in the world when plugged into a networked device. These managed platforms are compatible with the Kingston DTVP 3.0 and Kingston DT4000.

Beyond the password and pin authentication some USB flash drives are also encased in a tough, tamper-proof metal casing such as the IronKey D300. Even if prised open the device is filled with an epoxy sealant which, if broken, will damage the flash storage chip. So, attempts to crack the 256-bit encryption or to physically access the device are likely to fail.

Encrypted devices are also becoming more popular with the consumer as the risk of identity theft and cybercrime increases. The backup of personal and confidential data is becoming more common with tech-savvy and security conscious consumers.

Get a small but important item ticked off the GDPR compliance checklist.

*Steve Bush, “22,000 USB sticks go to the dry cleaners,”, January 14, 2016.

In 2017 Simms supplied over 65,000 encrypted USB drives to a wide range of organisations and public-sector bodies.

Recommended Kingston Flash Drives

Product Code Description Size
199 2123 Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted Flash Drive 4GB
199 2124 Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted Flash Drive 8GB
199 2125 Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted Flash Drive 16GB
199 2127 Kingston IronKey D300M Flash Drive 4GB
199 2128 Kingston IronKey D300M Flash Drive 8GB
199 2129 Kingston IronKey D300M Flash Drive 16GB


With Banner you can find the right GDPR compliant solution for your workplace.

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