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Protecting critical data in the energy sector with Kingston IronKey encrypted drives

Protecting data has never been more important

In the energy sector, there has been a growing number of attacks centred on the industry, its processes and on the data that it holds. Many of these breaches are often front-page news, not only impacting the functions of the organisation, but also the customer, causing untold financial and reputational damage.

Compound this with regulatory compliance and the financial penalties, as a consequence of successful breaches, ensuring all endpoints are secure, has never been more important.


A major player in the EMEA energy space needed to ensure they could protect endpoints, all while empowering employees to continue to use portable data, whether they are in the office or carrying out critical functions in the field. The incumbent solution was the use of unencrypted USB drives, which was quickly identified as a vulnerability.

Given the unique circumstances of how energy companies operate, where employees don’t always have connectivity to their core business systems, enabling portable storage continues to be a critical business requirement.

This means that, although the solution may appear simple, there are other considerations to make sure these endpoints are secure, but not at the expense of usability for employees. If there are seemingly draconian and obtrusive security measures, these can invoke workaround methods which are less secure, cannot be tracked, and opens the doors to nefarious applications and viruses.

At the same time – it is always prudent to incorporate wider layers of protection to mitigate risks – if the worst was to happen.


IronKey VP50 protecting the energy company’s sensitive data

Using our free Ask an Expert service, we consulted with this high-profile customer and were able to recommend a solution that would strike the right blend of military-grade security, scale and cost.

Through this recommendation, we ensured that it was also not process-prohibitive to ensure employees are storing and transferring data in a secure manner, whilst preventing ingestion of malware and viruses, which was previously using up an exhaustive amount of time for IT functions.

Our IronKey VP50 and DT4000G2DM encrypted USB flash drives enabled the organisation to implement an affordable business-grade security USB drive for data in transit with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption.

For best cost-efficiency, we were able to structure different levels of security based on the perceived risk to the organisation, with our IKVP50 providing FIPS-197 level protection, scaling up to our DT4000G2DM for the highest level of protection with FIPS-140-2 Level 3, for their most critical data.

Regardless of which product is utilised, both had the ability to lock-down and reformat the drive after 10 incorrect attempts, if there was ever unauthorised access.

As an extra measure, all drives were able to facilitate secure use of USB ports and to prevent use of unsecure workaround processes, through whitelisting. As this was also a specific requirement, our drives’ ability to integrate with a centralised management process, means they have full control and audit of what is being transferred, and by whom, enabling the ability to lock down, at scale, if any threats are ever detected.

As a result, this energy provider is ensuring that their endpoints are secured against sophisticated attacks and that their data is secure, whilst ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.

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