» DataLocker Introduces Sentry 5: The Ultimate Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drive for Compliance and Security | DataLocker Inc.


DataLocker Introduces Sentry 5: The Ultimate Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drive for Compliance and Security

DataLocker Introduces Sentry 5: The Ultimate Hardware Encrypted USB Flash Drive for Compliance and Security

Data security and compliance have become paramount concerns for organizations across various industries in today’s digital age. With strict regulations and the ever-present threat of data breaches, safeguarding sensitive information is non-negotiable. This blog post explores the critical role played by hardware-encrypted USB drives, using the DataLocker Sentry 5 as an exemplary solution, in ensuring data security and meeting compliance requirements.

Understanding Data Security

Data is the lifeblood of modern organizations. It encompasses everything from financial records to customer data and intellectual property. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of this data is crucial. A breach can have devastating consequences, including financial loss, legal liabilities, and damage to an organization’s reputation. This is why data security is of utmost importance.

Data breaches can happen through various means, including hacking, phishing, and insider threats. Organizations must implement robust security measures to mitigate these risks, and encryption is a fundamental tool in the security arsenal. Encryption involves converting data into a code to prevent unauthorized access. But not all encryption is created equal, and this is where hardware-encrypted USB drives come into play.

The Compliance Landscape

In addition to safeguarding data, organizations must navigate a complex landscape of data protection regulations. These regulations are designed to protect sensitive information’s privacy and security and vary from industry to industry. Some of the notable regulations include:

  • CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification): Required for contractors working with the Department of Defense.
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act): Governs the security and privacy of healthcare data.
  • SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act): Imposes financial reporting and disclosure requirements.
  • SOC2 (Service Organization Control 2): Concerned with security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and customer data privacy.
  • ISO 27001: An international standard for information security management systems.
  • NIS2 (Network and Information Systems Directive): Applies to operators of essential services and digital service providers in the European Union.
  • CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act): Provides privacy rights to California residents.
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation): Ensures data protection and privacy for individuals within the European Union.

Non-compliance with these regulations can result in severe consequences, including fines and legal actions. To meet compliance requirements, organizations need robust data security solutions.

Introduction to Hardware-Encrypted USB Drives

Hardware-encrypted USB drives are a critical component of data security and compliance strategies. These drives offer superior protection compared to their software-based counterparts. Unlike software encryption, which relies on the host system to perform encryption and decryption, hardware-encrypted USB drives have dedicated encryption chips built into the drive.

This hardware-based approach offers several advantages:

  • Enhanced Security: Hardware encryption is less vulnerable to malware and software exploits because it operates independently of the host system.
  • Faster Encryption: Hardware encryption is generally faster than software-based encryption, ensuring minimal impact on performance.
  • Multi-Platform Compatibility: Hardware-encrypted USB drives work seamlessly on various operating systems without the need for additional software.
  • Ease of Use: Users don’t need technical expertise to use hardware-encrypted drives; they simply enter a password or use a physical key.

Introducing DataLocker Sentry 5

One exemplary hardware-encrypted USB drive is the DataLocker Sentry 5. This device has garnered attention for its robust security features and compliance capabilities. While it’s important to note that the Sentry 5 has pending FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certification, its features make it a standout choice for organizations aiming to secure their data and meet compliance requirements.

Key Features of DataLocker Sentry 5

  • Pending FIPS 140-3 Level 3 Certification: FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) certification is a stringent security standard often required by government agencies. DataLocker Sentry 5’s pending certification underscores its commitment to high-level security.
  • Hardware-Based AES 256-bit XTS Mode Encryption: The Sentry 5 employs robust hardware-based encryption with AES 256-bit XTS mode, one of the most secure encryption methods available.
  • Password Protection: To access the data stored on the Sentry 5, users must enter a password, adding a layer of security.
  • Read-Only Unlock: This feature allows users to set the drive to read-only mode, effectively safeguarding against ransomware attacks.

Achieving Compliance with DataLocker Sentry 5

The DataLocker Sentry 5 is specifically designed to cater to various compliance requirements, including CMMC, HIPAA, SOX, SOC2, ISO 27001, NIS2, CCPA, and GDPR. Here’s how it helps organizations maintain compliance:

  • Data Encryption: The hardware-based AES 256-bit XTS mode encryption ensures that sensitive data remains protected, meeting encryption requirements under various regulations.
  • Password Protection: The Sentry 5’s password protection feature aligns with access control requirements, ensuring only authorized personnel can access sensitive data.
  • Read-Only Unlock: Ransomware attacks can lead to data loss and compliance violations. With the read-only unlock feature, organizations can prevent unauthorized data modification.
  • TAA-Compliance: The Sentry 5 adheres to the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), making it suitable for government agencies and contractors.
  • NATO-Trusted Supply Chain: The drive’s supply chain is trusted by NATO, ensuring the device’s integrity.
  • USA Design and Assembly: Designed and assembled in the USA, the Sentry 5 aligns with “Buy American” requirements.

Ease of Management with DataLocker Sentry 5

Managing encryption and compliance across an organization’s USB drives can be complex. This is where DataLocker Sentry 5 shines with its ease of management:

  • SafeConsole® Integration: DataLocker Sentry 5 can be efficiently managed through SafeConsole, offering automated inventory, policy enforcement, and audit capabilities. This centralized management ensures organizations can control their encrypted drives, even at scale.
  • Zero-Touch Deployment: Deployment is streamlined through Zero-Touch Deployment, a feature that saves time and costs by automating the rollout of encrypted drives within the organization.

Additional Information about DataLocker Sentry 5

  • Designed and Assembled in the USA: For organizations with strict procurement requirements, the Sentry 5’s USA design and assembly make it an attractive choice.
  • Warranty: DataLocker offers a lifetime warranty for devices managed through SafeConsole and a 5-year device warranty out of the box.
  • Compatibility: The Sentry 5 is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows® and macOS®, with limited Linux support.
  • Fast Data Transfer and Cryptographic Erasure: It provides fast data transfer speeds and one-millisecond cryptographic erasure to sanitize data storage, meeting the NIST 800:88 standard.

Technical Specifications of DataLocker Sentry 5

  • Capacities: The Sentry 5 is available in various capacities, including 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512 GB.
  • Dimensions: L: 3.13 inches (79.5 mm), W: 0.79 inch (20 mm), D: 0.39 inch (10 mm)
  • Weight: 1.76 oz (50 grams)
  • Cryptographic Process: Pending FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certification, with hardware-based AES 256-bit XTS mode encryption.
  • Temperature: Operating: 0°C to 50°C, Storage: -20°C to 85°C
  • Standards and Certification: The Sentry 5 complies with various standards, including TAA, UKCA, FCC, CE, KC, Wee Canada, ICES, RCM (Australia/NZ), Taiwan BSMI, RoHS, Japan VCCI, China RoHS, IP68, MIL-STD-810F, and NIST 800:88
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1 (type A), with a USB-C accessory available for purchase (SKU: CBLUSBAFCM)
  • Transfer Speeds: Vary by capacity, with the highest capacity offering 310MB/s read and 250MB/s write speeds.
  • System Compatibility: Compatible with Windows, macOS, and limited Linux support. It is USB 3.0/USB 3.1/USB 3.2 Gen 1 compliant and USB 2.0 compatible.

Rugged Design for Durability

The DataLocker Sentry 5 is built to withstand the harshest conditions:

  • IP68 Certified: The drive is waterproof and can survive immersion in up to 6.5 feet of water (2.0 meters).
  • MIL-STD-810F Certified: It is designed to endure crash, drop, shock, vibration, and immersion. However, ensuring the drive is clean and dry before use is essential.
  • Solid Zinc Metal Casing: The drive’s casing is cast in solid zinc metal and sealed with tamper-evident and tamper-resistant epoxy, making it highly durable and secure.

Part Numbers and Variants

DataLocker Sentry 5 is available in various part numbers and variants, including standalone, optionally managed, and forced-managed devices, providing flexibility to organizations based on their needs.


The Sentry 5 comes with a lifetime warranty when managed by SafeConsole®, in addition to the 5-year device warranty out of the box.


In a world where data security and compliance are non-negotiable, hardware-encrypted USB drives like the DataLocker Sentry 5 are indispensable. These devices offer robust security features, ease of management, and compliance capabilities essential for organizations across various industries. By investing in solutions like the Sentry 5, businesses can safeguard their data, maintain compliance with regulations, and ensure the integrity of their operations.

Final Thoughts

Data security and compliance are not optional; they are imperative. Organizations must proactively protect their data and adhere to industry-specific regulations. The DataLocker Sentry 5 is a shining example of how innovative technology can address these challenges. It’s a call to action for businesses to explore the Sentry 5 and make informed decisions about their data security and compliance needs. Don’t compromise on data security—choose the Sentry 5 for ultimate protection and peace of mind.

The Sentry 5 Secure USB Flash Drive is available through our channel partners—or by contacting sales@datalocker.com