CES 2012: Victorinox Launches 1TB Swiss Army Knife SSD

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Victoronix shows off high capacity Swiss army knife storage devices at CES

Swiss watch and army knife manufacturer Victorinox has unveieled two new portable USB storage devices, including what it claims is the world’s smallest high capacity SSD.

The Victorinox SSD and Victorinox Slim 3.0 were demonstrated the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and are designed to withstand a range of environmental and daily use factors.

Jack of all trades

The Victoronix SSD is available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 1TB, with the company claiming that it offers “unprecedented data storage capacity with security measures fit for protecting the most confidential of personal and professional documents.”

Each SSD comes equipped with two interchangeable knife bodies which are easily swapped out. One is flight friendly, while the other includes traditional Swiss army knife features such as a blade, scissors, nailfile and screwdriver.

Victorinox also announced the Slim 3.0 USB drive-Swiss army knife hybrid, which is available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB, but no release date or price details were disclosed.

“The Victorinox Swiss Army brand is synonymous with everyday “survival” tools and we continue to evolve our product offerings in the electronics division to provide solutions for living in a technology-focused world,” said Andrea Huder, Head of Electronics for Victorinox. “The addition of the Victorinox SSD and Slim 3.0 to the flash USB line provides consumers with a quick and reliable way to store, transport and protect their personal and professional documents.”

Extra care

However Varonis Systems has warned that with such high levels of storage now available in something as small as a pocket knife, organisations must take extra care when defending their corporate data.

“With this fast USB drive-equipped Swiss Army Knife being capable of 150 MBps (Megabytes per second) data write speeds, you really getting are into ‘Mission Impossible’ territory when it comes to defending your data against such electronic heisting,” commented Varonis technical director David Gibson.

Last month, Cryptek released what it claims to be one of the first ever physically lockable and encrypted USB drives, which had over 14 million potential passwords.

In the last two years, UK employees have lost more than 17,000 staff and customer records on USB sticks, adding strength to the argument that a stray USB can ruin even the most secure of networks, as demonstrated when Kingston was embarrassingly forced to admit that a number of its encrypted USB sticks were susceptible to hacks.

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