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AMPHIBIOUS X5 Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive

AMPHIBIOUS X5

Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive
Real-Time Hardware Encryption with NIST and FIPS Validated Cryptographic Modules

Available in April 2013

Features

Amphibious X5 is the simplest and technologically advanced single-factor authentication real-time hardware encrypted ruggedized external drive in the market today; securing your Data-AT-Rest (DAR).

Designed and engineered to satisfy the requirements of demanding security concerned professionals, Amphibious support a fast solid-state (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HHD). Amphibious is designed to be both bootable and bus-powered, and it is compatible with MS Windows and Macintosh environments without any software installations.

FIPS InsideOne of the most secure and cutting-edge hardware-based encryption chipsets is integrated into the internal circuitry of the Amphibious. The cryptographic encryption module contains features such as Advanced Encryption Standard Algorithm AES-256 bit key strength, and real-time encryption so that there is virtually zero time in encrypting and decrypting the data. While in the CBC or ECB modes, the encryption chipset bears certifications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS Level 2 for a Cryptographic Module. The Amphibious is authenticated by secure password (PIN number), which is typed on the device for authentication, then ready for secure data transfer.

Rocstor’s line of encrypted drives offers the technologies you need to keep your data secure and safe.

A unique feature of the Amphibious X5 Mobile is that it has an embedded keypad allowing you to key in your PIN directly onto the unit. This ensures protection from key-loggers who may be recording your keystrokes on your computer. Together with full-disk encryption; these features give you the absolute level of protection with an unrivaled ease of use.

Rocsecure - Amphibious is a hardware-based encryption device that secures data in a SATA hard disk or Solid Sate Drive against hackers and information thieves. It operates transparently and encrypts all data written onto the hard disk without any loss in disk performance. Amphibious does not require any additional software drivers or applications to be installed and is fully independent of the operating system. Once deployed, users would be assured that all the data on the Amphibious X5 is fully protected from unauthorized access in the event the hard disk is lost or stolen. The data is accessible as long as the Amphibious X5 is powered ON.  

Regulatory Compliance

Amphibious X5 employs data encryption and pre-boot authentication allowing organizations to better protect and control access to their corporate and customer records, thus complying with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB); it is also FCC, and CE, compliant.

Real-Time Hardware Encryption

Amphibious X5 Mobile authenticates the user every time it is plugged into your computer. To give your data the highest level of security. You only need to key in a password PIN (something you know) before the drive becomes accessible. The use of single factor for authentication offers the user the simplest access level and the most security for their data.
Up to three users and/or passwords can be designated for authentication; it will also provide “administration” password for managing users ….

Encryption Features:

  • Advanced Encryption Standard Algorithm AES-256 bit key strength
  • Real-time encryption (virtually zero time in encrypting and decrypting the data)
  • Military-grade hardware encryption (not software embedded in a chip)
  • Available with ECB or CBC  modes
  • Single-factor authentication—password protected
  • The cryptographic engine is NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) of USA and CSE (Communications Security Establishment) of Canada certified hardware AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm.
  • FIPS (U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Cryptographic Engine validated (FIPS Inside)
  • No software or GUI involved or required installation (for encryption or authentication)

Special Features

  • Ruggedized pocket-size portable external storage drive
  • Bootable
  • Bus powered (no adaptor required)
  • Carrying case included
  • Incorporates SATA hard drive (up to 1TB) or solid-state drive (SSD)
  • USB and FireWire connections
  • Transfer Speeds up to 800 megabytes per second
  • Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh environments
  • Includes all necessary cables

Advantages

  • DAR – Data At Rest
  • Special epoxy on the Circuit board
  • No Licensing fees
  • No Maintenance (or extra fees)
  • No software to install
  • Hardware encryption (not a software imbedded in a chip)
  • Real-Time encryption (virtually no delays in encryption and decryption operations)
  • Operating System (OS) independent (Mac, Windows, Linux …)
  • Bus-powered and Bootable
  • Low Cost of Ownership (Low cost [$] per Gigabytes)

System Requirements

  • FireWire 800 (1394b) [or FireWire 400 (1394a) cable not included] port(s)
  • USB 2.0 port(s)
  • PowerPC or Intel processor
  • Mac OS 10.5 and later
  • MS Windows, XP or later
  • Min. recommended memory: 1GB MB RAM

 Compatibility

  • Mac OS 10.5 and later 
  • Microsoft Windows, XP or later
  • Linux
  • Solid-state Drives (SSD)

AMPHIBIOUS X5

Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive
Real-Time Hardware Encryption with NIST and FIPS Validated Cryptographic Modules

Technical Specifications

Capacity and Rotational Speed: 750GB @ 5400 rpm 750GB @ 7200 rpm 500GB @ 7200 rpm 1TB @ 5400 rpm 1TB @ 7200 rpm
Part Numbers:
Amphibious X5 (CBC mode)

Solid State Drive (SSD)

Black

K26BM5-CB

256 GB SSD
K26BCC-CB (Black) 

K26BM7-CB

512 GB SSD
K26BGG-CB (Black) 

K26BK7-CB

K26BP5-CB

K26BP7-CB
Interface: One USB 2.0 and two FireWire 800 (400)
Transfer Rate: USB up to 480 Mbits/s and FireWire up to 800 Mbits/s
Compatible Drives: 2.5" SATA-1 and SATA-II or Solid State Drives
Encryption: AES-256 bit key strength CBC mode
Real-time encryption
Hardware Encryption (Not software embedded in a chip).
Cryptographic engine: NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) of USA and CSE (Communications Security Establishment) of Canada certified hardware AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm validated.
FIPS (US Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Cryptographic Engine validated (FIPS Inside).
Authentication: On device Password.
No software or GUI involved or required installation (for Encryption or Authentication).
FIPS InsideUSCanada
Operating Systems: Operating System Independent (Works with Windows XP, Windows 7 or later, Linux or Mac OS 10.5 or later or ...)
Authentication: Single-factor authentication Password protected
Certifications and Standards: National Institute of Standards and Technology NITS cipher engine validated
FCC and CE Compliance
Dimensions (LxWxH): ~5.3 x 3.4 x 0.9 inches (~132 x 8.30 x 2.6 centimeters)
Weight: ~ 8 ounces – 0.25 Kilogram
Color: Black
System Requirements: Mac and PC: USB 2.0, or FireWire 800 (or FireWire 400)
Mac: PowerPC or Intel Core Duo processor
PC: 266Mhz or faster Intel or equivalent processor
OS Requirements: Mac: PowerPC or Intel processor running Mac OS 10.5 and later
PC: Microsoft® Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 - 8
Recommended memory: 512MB RAM
Power requirement: 5V - 400mA (excluding the power drawn by the hard disk or solid-state (SSD) drive
Warranty: 1 year limited warranty
2 year unlimited toll-free telephone tech support
Contents: Amphibious external disk drive
Quick installation manual
USB and FireWire 800 cables
Carrying Case

*** US Government part numbers: Sold to US Government agencies only. The agency must be indentified and contacted before any information is released; the specifications herein stated may/will not bear the product specifications for a particular agency.
Capacity Disclaimer: Actual accessible hard drive capacity will indicate up to 10% lower than stated under different Operating Systems and formatting. Therefore, a 500GB capacity drive will show up as a 450GB drive (approximately.)
* Benchmarked with Intech Bench Test v3.5. Drive capacity might vary depending on Mac or PC format.
Specifications and appearance are given as guidelines and may change without notice.

 

AMPHIBIOUS X5

Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive
Real-Time Hardware Encryption with NIST and FIPS Validated Cryptographic Modules

Enclosure Design

Amphibious Ruggedized Portable Enclosure Design

How Does the Amphibious 2.5″ Enclosure Design Help Protect Your Hard Drive?
The safety-centric mechanical design of Amphibious series 2.5″ enclosures provides critical hardware protection features, including:

Secure Shock-Absorbent Mechanism
The full-length bridgeboard provides additional protection by supporting the entire length of the hard drive. A strong aluminum rim holds the hard drive chassis firmly in place, eliminating stress on the bridgeboard and preventing damage due to impact or violent movement.

Shock-Absorbent Protection
The shock-absorbent dampers strip between the bridgeboard and chassis offers additional resistance against accidental drops and bumps. The disposition of the hard drive and housing profile form an anti-shock chamber to cushion the blow of potential impacts.

Thermal Protection and Load-Bearing Case
The precision density of the rugged aluminum aircraft-grade border provides excellent heat dissipation and is strong enough to bear external weight.

Patent in progress

AMPHIBIOUS X5

Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive
Real-Time Hardware Encryption with NIST and FIPS Validated Cryptographic Modules

Encryption Technology

One of the most secure and cutting-edge hardware-based encryption chipsets is integrated into the internal circuitry of the Amphibious lines. The chipset contains features such as Advanced Encryption Standard Algorithm AES-256 bit key strength, and real-time encryption so that there is virtually zero time in encrypting and decrypting the data. While in either CBC or ECB modes, the encryption chipset bears certifications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and FIPS Level 2 for a Cryptographic Module. The Amphibious is authenticated by a digital key token, which is inserted for authentication, and removed soon after the device is authenticated, and then ready for secure data transfer.

How Does Amphibious Encrypted External Hard Drives Protect Your Data?

Q: What security technology does an Amphibious external hard drive adopt?
A: Several security schemes are popularly employed to protect data, including:

  • Password security without hardware encryption - This basic OS/software solution blocks unauthorized data access by requiring a password. While this may be adequate for a coffee break, this form of security is very easy to bypass.
  • Biometric security without hardware encryption - This form of security requires a combination of a unique physical characteristic, such as a fingerprint, retinal scan, or vocal signature. While more secure than simple password security, it can be circumvented too, leaving unencrypted data at risk. Biometric security also requires a substantial hardware investment and additional administrative burden.
  • Hardware security—Hardware security is by far the most thorough, cost-effective, and easily implemented form of advanced security.

Rocsecure—Amphibious external drives use hardware-based security, performed by eNova’s X-Wall MX, to provide reliable security for your stored data. Every bit and byte on the hard drive is strongly encrypted by AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). There is no possibility that clear text will remain on the hard drive.

Q: What is hardware-based encryption?
A: Encryption is a sophisticated mathematical calculation (or algorithm) combining a “secret key” and clear text. The resulting “cipher text” is an unreadable code that can only be decrypted with the original “secret key.” The hardware encryption, performed by eNova X-Wall microchip, delivers significant performance improvement over software encryption, works with every operating system found today, and requires no additional training to use. This encryption methodology protects your valuable data with minimum Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Q: How does encryption function?
A: X-Wall MX sits between the PCI Bridge and the device on the SATA interface. It intercepts, interprets, translates, and relays real-time commands and data to and from the disk drives, encrypting the data with AES-256 bit key strength. The following illustration best describes how the security chipset functions.

Q: Do I need to establish a separate “encrypted folder” under file directory as required by some software solutions?
A: No. Everything you write to the disk drive is automatically strongly encrypted. There is no need to establish a separate “encrypted folder.”

Q: Does X-Wall MX increase the original file size after encryption?
A: No. AES is a complicated mathematical algorithm that computes the original data with 128 or 256 bit key length. Regardless of the size of the encryption key, the size of data file after encryption remains unchanged.

Q: Are Amphibious encrypted drives compatible with all disk drive types?
A: Amphibious encrypted hard drives are compatible with Ultra SATA/eSATA compliant disk drives in real-time performance.

Q: Can Amphibious external drives work with any operating system?
A: Amphibious external drives require no device drivers and are independent from all operating systems. A host controller with a USB/SATA mass storage driver typically provided by the OS is required. The only requirement is an Ultra SATA/eSATA compliant disk drive.

Q: How do I know my Amphibious encrypted external drives are really secured?
A: The AES hardware engine utilized by X-Wall MX has been validated by FIPS (US Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Level 3 Cryptographic Engine for Physical Security and certified by the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) of USA and CSE (Communications Security Establishment) of Canada certified hardware AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm. To review these certificates, visit the following NIST web links: http://www.enovatech.net/resources/aes_no60.htm#a. These hardware algorithms are certified to provide reliable security; at full strength, it is virtually impossible to access the encrypted data by guessing or deriving the right AES key. Because everything on the disk is encrypted, your data is safe even if attackers try to boot from their own disk, or to move your disk to an unprotected machine.

Product Overview
The X-Wall MX family ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) is the 7th generation of X-Wall Technology. It is engineered specifically to encrypt/decrypt entire SATA hard drive including boot sector and operating system in real-time performance. The cryptographic engine of the X-Wall MX is NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) of USA and CSE (Communications Security Establishment) of Canada certified hardware AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm.

How does it work?
X-Wall MX, an SATA to SATA cryptographic bridge chip, sits right in between host SATA and the device SATA hard drive, encrypting entire SATA drive with wire speed performance while providing up to 256-bit AES hardware strength.
System performance with X-Wall MX engaged is unaffected. X-Wall MX can be operated with SATA1.0a & 2.0 compliant disk drives with a sustained throughput of 150MB/sec. The performance-optimized AES hardware engine performs all encryption and decryption. There are no extra software components, eliminating entirely the memory and interrupt overheads.

X-Wall MX requires no device driver and is independent from and invisible to all known Operating Systems including embedded OS. As long as the drive is SATA1.0a & 2.0 compliant, X-Wall MX will work in the system. Once authenticated, its operation is completely transparent to all users. There is no complex GUI involved therefore your regular computing behavior is unchanged.

Key Management
Amphibious Key Management with X-Wall M includes PIN/Password through Pre-boot authentication a USB type external key token.

Key Benefits

  • Offers wire speed performance at sustained 150MB/sec on all encryption strengths
  • Operating System independent (No software installations required)
  • FIPS (US Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Level 3 Cryptographic Engine validated for Physical Security
  • Provides iron-clad security through hardware-based NIST & CSE certified cryptographic AES engine
  • Simplify engineering design for security targets

As the entire SATA hard drive is encrypted, there is no possibility of any secret being left unprotected on the drive, including password and "Secret Key." In an X-Wall MX protected system (drive), there is no simple way to read the data without the right "Secret Key." Only YOU have the right Key to unlock your data.

The X-Wall MX technology is compatible with all system designs incorporating SATA hard drive technologies

Features

  • Power-On-Self-Test (POST) ability to ensure product reliability
  • Versatile Key Management through either serial interface or built-in API (Application Programming Interface)
  • 100% hardware AES (ECB mode) cryptographic engine producing a sustained 150MB/sec wire speed performance
  • 80-pin TQFP small form factor
  • RoHS & Lead-free compliant
  • Very low power consumption at less than 350mW at 1.8V under constant burst mode

System Requirement

  • All Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
  • Linux OS with SATA support
  • All embedded OS with SATA support
  • SATA1.0a & 2.0 compliant hard drive

AMPHIBIOUS X5

Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive
Real-Time Hardware Encryption with NIST and FIPS Validated Cryptographic Modules

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AMPHIBIOUS X5

Secure Encrypted on Device Password Authentication Mobile Ruggedized Pocket Drive
Real-Time Hardware Encryption with NIST and FIPS Validated Cryptographic Modules

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