Kingston Technology has announced the DataTraveler BlackBox, a hardware-based encrypted and Federal Information Processing Standard validated USB Flash drive.

The DataTraveler BlackBox is available immediately in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities in black, green and red.

"We are very excited that our DataTraveler BlackBox met all federal requirements established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US", said Kirsty Miller, European flash product marketing manager, Kingston Technology.

"Gaining FIPS 140-2 certification requires a validation process that meets federal requirements set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States, and the Communications Security Establishment of the Government of Canada."

"This is critical to European governments and corporations, as FIPS is a worldwide recognised standard and proof of the high security standards the DataTraveler BlackBox meets."

The DataTraveler BlackBox features 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption and is protected against water damage to depths of up to 4 feet.

It is equipped with a titanium coated steel casing and an epoxy resin coating over the controller, that it said to make it a robust USB drive designed to withstand harsh working environments and operating conditions.

Available now, the models come with a 5-year warranty and 24/7 technical support. Prices are from £69.60 for the 2GB black up to £180.70 for the 8GB red.