Kingston launches IronKey Keypad 200 USB stick encrypted via keyboard

Kingston Digital has announced the Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 (KP200), the industry’s first Encrypted USB 3.0 pen drive device to feature the latest FIPS 140-3 Level 3 security certification. Designed with flexibility and robustness in mind, the IronKey Keypad 200 offers hardware-based XTS-AES 256-bit encryption with an OS-independent, feature-rich alphanumeric keypad.

Encrypted USB 3.0 pen drive Kingston IronKey Keypad 200

The new Encrypted USB 3.0 pen drive offers hardware-based secure encryption of the memory content, which works independently of the operating system of the host computer/device and comes with an integrated keyboard for entering the PIN code. In addition, thanks to the “USB 3.2 Gen 1” interface, the flash stick offers fast reading and writing of data. The Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

With an integrated rechargeable battery, the USB stick enables users to unlock the drive – without additional software – by simply entering a PIN on the keypad. The KP200 can be connected to any device with a USB Type-A socket and can be used across all IT systems via plug-and-play.

Main features

  • Alphanumeric keypad for PIN access
  • Pending FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certification
  • Operating system and device independent
  • Multi-PIN option (administrators and users)

The IronKey KP200 is certified to FIPS-140-3 level (pending) for military security standards. The drive’s circuitry is coated with a tamper-resistant, durable epoxy to prevent access to the internal components without damaging them. In addition, the keyboard is covered with a protective polymer layer that prevents the analysis of fingerprints on the keys.

With a multi-PIN option, the KP200 allows the use of separate user and admin PINs. After ten failed login attempts, the drive locks out the user PIN but allows the admin PIN to be used to recover the user PIN and access the drive if both PINs are enabled.

If the admin PIN is also entered incorrectly ten times in a row, the built-in brute force protection will cryptographically erase the drive, permanently destroying the data and resetting the device.

In addition, the KP200 protects against malware from untrustworthy systems with two different read-only modes (e.g. when operating on a third-party device) and enables the admin to set the write protection for the drive for a specific or generally activate all user sessions.

Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 price and release date

The Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 Encrypted USB 3.0 pen drive can be pre-ordered via and with a starting price of $74.99 / £80.40. It will be available from October 2022 in the following capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The flash stick is backed by a five-year warranty with free technical support.

Earlier this year, Kingston introduced the IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD (VP80ES) series of SSD external drives with advanced security features. The new Kingston SSD series includes drives with a capacity of 480, 960, and 1920 GB, equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C interface, and pricing starts from $289.99.

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