Top Ten Reviews provides a technical and in-depth review of the IronKey Personal D200, a must-read for the techies among you.
- The encryption is hardware-based 256-bit AES validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to meet the Level 3 criteria of FIPS 140-2. AES is the Advanced Encryption Standard adopted by the U.S. government.
- The IronKey goes the extra mile past the 256-bit encryption standard by using the FIPS 140-2 Level Three criteria that make it difficult to physically tamper with the IronKey, including features such its rugged metal casing and sealed internal components.
- The system is safe from malware or cold-boot attacks because the drive does not export AES encryption keys to the host PC. If anyone tries a brute-force attack based on password guesses, after 10 incorrect passwords all encrypted data is erased.