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Encrypted USB & External Hard Drive Recommendations

All portable computing devices (PCDs) used for University Business must be encrypted per the Portable Computing Device Security Policy. New purchases of USB/Flash/Thumb drives and external hard drives must be hardware-based FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated AND 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Military-Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated does NOT meet the minimum requirement.


The following USB drives have been approved by IT Security to be used for University Business.


Encrypted USB/Flash/Thumb Drives


Aegis Secure Key 2.0



Aegis Secure Key 3.0



Aegis Secure Key 3z



IronKey D300 (Standard Model Only)



IronKey S1000 (Basic Model Only)




Encrypted External Hard Drives


Aegis offers several varieties of 256-bit AES external hard drives. (All are NOT FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated).


Models listed below meet both requirements.


Aegis Fortress 3.0

Part # A25-3PL256-xxxxF (xxx= drive size in GBs)



Aegis Padlock DT FIPS 3.0

Part # ADT-3PL256F-xxxx (xxx= drive size in GBs)




Previously purchased USB drives must meet the following requirements:


  • Hardware-based FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated AND 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)


  • Drives should be compatible with Dell Data Protection (DDP) or McAfee File and Folder encryption software
  • Drives must be 3TB or less
  • Drives must encrypt 100 percent of all stored data
  • Drives must not allow removal of encryption software
  • Drive password rules should comply with Password Complexity requirements per the Password Management Policy


Please contact your local computer support group or the IT Technology Sales office for information on how to purchase encrypted USB drives.