Cipher II Snap-In with 6G SATA encryption

The Cipher II Snap-In is a high performance secured storage solution that combines the convenience of a removable drive system and the Addonics field proven CipherChain II into a 5 1/4" drive rack. Once installed, any 3.5" SATA hard drive can be installed and removed from the Cipher II Snap-In like a VCR cassette. The hard drive inside the Cipher II Snap-In is fully encrypted on the fly with bulletproof AES 256-bit encryption.

There is no special software to install or training required to use the Cipher II Snap-In. Simply insert the Cipher key, load the drive into the Cipher II Snap-In and lock the drive door to turn on the power. The hard drive operates just as if it is an ordinary drive with minimal performance degradation, far outperforms the software encryption solution. The hard drive inside the Cipher II Snap-In can be used as a boot drive or as a secondary data drive. When used as a boot drive, the system becomes unbootable without the Cipher key, thus making this a great solution for preventing any unauthorized system access.

The Cipher II Snap-In comes in a choice of models with a single or dual encryption module (CipherChain II). The extra encryption module in the Dual Cipher II Snap-In can be used to secure an additional internal hard drive, an internal RAID volume or another removable SATA drive in the computer. Alternatively, the dual encryption modules can be daisy chained to add further security with the two factors authentication on the hard drive mounted inside the Cipher II Snap-In.

The Cipher II Snap-In is attached to the mounting frame via shock isolation cushions, making it a perfect removable drive system to deploy in transportation, factory floor or application environments with frequent shock and vibration.

Cipher II Snap-In installed into 5.25" bay of desktop tower Dual Cipher II Snap-In installed into 5.25" bay of desktop tower

Detail view of the Cipher II 6G Snap-In (shown with a single encryption module installed)
The entire unit is designed to fit inside a standard 5 1/4" drive bay

 

 Cipher II Snap-In with single encryption module (model: C6GSN)
Rear view   cabling illustration
      
     
 Cipher II Snap-In with dual encryption module (model: C6GSN2E)
Rear view   cabling illustration
 


Performance
The Cipher II Snap-In encrypts and decrypts data on the fly at speed up to 6Gbps using an onboard FIPS 140-2 certified AES crypto engine from Enova Technology. Unlike software encryption products that depend on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the Cipher II Snap-In has no impact on CPU utilization. This allows the system CPU to perform its computing tasks at normal speed. The Cipher II Snap-In has minimal impact on the performance of the hard drive or SSD.

Simple to use
Similar to all other Addonics encryption products, the Cipher II Snap-In is a pure hardware solution. This means that there is no software to run, no driver to install and no password to remember. There is very little user training required to use the Cipher II Snap-In. All the user needs to the correct Cipher key to the Cipher II Snap-In to gain access to the encrypted SATA hard drive. The same hard drive can also be accessed by another system that is equipped with Cipher II Snap-In, CipherChain, Diamond Cipher or Ruby Cipher using the same Cipher key.

Security
Cipher II Snap-In is a full disk encryption solution, meaning that the boot sector, partition table, and all the information in the drive are encrypted. Storage devices protected by the Cipher II Snap-In are inaccessible without the Cipher key. If the Cipher II Snap-In encrypted drive is stolen and then is connected to another system, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data. For further security enhancement, Cipher II Snap-In also supports HMAC key (Key-Hash Message Authentication Code), which cannot be duplicated in case the key is lost or stolen.

 

2.5" hard drive can also be installed into this Cipher II Snap-In using the Addonics optional Snap-In 25, a 2.5" - 3.5" SATA HDD adapter.

 

Snap-In 25 on the left has the exact same dimension of the 
3.5" hard drive on the right
 

 

Installing 2.5" SATA drive into the Snap-In 25

 

 

M2 card, mSATA SSD, CFast, CF, slim SATA or micro SATA HDD/SSD card can be loaded into the Snap-In 25 with the following optional adapters

Shown with media side facing up

2.5" M2/mSATA SSD drive
kit (AD25M2MSA)

CFast card in 2.5" CFast
drive kit (AD25CFASTD-N)

CF card in 2.5" CF drive kit
(AD25CFD-N)

Slim SATA SSD 2.5" HDD
adapter (AA25SEMBK)

1.8" micro SATA - 2.5" SATA
HDD adapter (AD18M25S

note: the flash cards shown above are for illustration purpose and are not part of the flash drive adapter

 

Using the drive encrypted by the Cipher II Snap-In as an external USB or eSATA drive

The drive encrypted by this Cipher II Snap-In can be taken out and loaded onto the Sapphire Cipher II Snap-In as an external USB 3.1 or eSATA drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use as a Cipher key programmer
The Cipher II Snap-In can be used for programming or duplicating the Cipher key code using the Addonics RNG software utility (a software sold separately). This allows users to manage their own key code and is highly recommended for multiple units deployment.

Choice of standard Cipher (SC) key or HMAC Key (Key-Hash Message Authentication Code)
The standard Cipher key stores the cipher code in plain text. Addonics first generation of CipherChain, Cipher SNap-In, Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher can only be authenticated with this SC key. This type of key is also compatible with this Cipher II Snap-In product. Although you can use the same key code for both the Cipher II Snap-In and the Addonics first generation Cipher products, the encrypted hard drives are not compatible. In other words, drives encrypted in Cipher II Snap-In cannot be attached to the first generation of Cipher product and vice versa.

The cipher code in the HMAC key is encrypted. Its authentication requires two ways communication with the encryption module and the original encrypted hard drive. The cipher code in the HMAC key is not accessible by any method and cannot be duplicated. The original key file, generated by the Addonics RNG software suite, is required to program additional HMAC key. So when an HMAC key is lost or stolen, the key code cannot be copied or hacked.

  • Great for the following applications:
    • Secure a system from unauthorized access
    • Prevent sensitive data from unauthorized access when the storage device is lost or stolen
    • Shipping or transporting storage devices containing sensitive data
    • Using the extra CipherChain II module in the Dual Cipher II Snap-In to encrypt
      • a RAID volume inside the system or
      • an additional internal hard drive or
      • an additional removable drive storage system such as the Addonics Drive Cartridge Systems or Mobile Rack with SATA connection
  • Install into any system via a standard 5¼" drive bay
  • Support any 3.5" SATA HDD
  • Support 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD using optional 3.5 - 2.5" drive adapter (Snap-In 25, model AE25SN35SA)
  • Drive can be hot swapped when connected to a SATA port supporting such feature*
  • Drive is inserted or removed from the drive bay without any special tool
  • High performance - up to 6Gbps (actual performance depends on the speed of the storage device)
  • No measurable performance degradation to the SATA HDD/SSD
  • Supports encrypting the following storage devices:
    • SATA I/II/III hard drive or SSD
    • M2 SATA SSD, mSATA, CFast, CF, 1.8" SATA HDD/SSD, slim SATA SSD using one of Addonics 2.5" flash drive kits
  • AES 256-bit encryption - the highest level of encryption standard
  • FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module (MX+ crypto engine from Enova Technology)
  • Full disk encryption. No traceable data when the encrypted drive is connected to any system
  • No training required. Encryption/decryption via a hardware key, just like using a regular key to open a door
  • Choice of standard Cipher key or HMAC key (Key-Hash Message Authentication Code)
  • Choice of models with single or dual CipherChains II (the two CipherChains II can be daisy chain together to increase the security complexity or use for encrypting two different storage devices)
  • Optional RNG software suite for programming or duplicating the Cipher key
  • OS independent - can be used on any system

* Serial ATA hot swap feature works only with controllers that support this feature. You may consider adding one of the Addonics Serial ATA host controllers to your systems to ensure the hot swap capability. Controllers from your system may not support this feature. Please verify with your system or controller manufacturer if you need to have hot swap in your application.

HMAC key: The cipher code in the HMAC key is encrypted and stored in a protected secret area. The code cannot be copied or READ by any mean should the key is lost or stolen.  To program another HMAC key with the same cipher code, the original key file used in creating the cipher code is required.

  • Onboard AES 256-bit crypto engine
  • SATA I/II/III compliant
  • SATA connectors:
    • Blue - for connecting to host
    • Black - for connecting to device
  • LEDs:
    • Green - for power and the presence of key code
    • Yellow - drive access activity
  • RESET: To clear key code and reset the CipherChains. This also removes the drive icon when the storage device is removed from the CipherChain and the connected SATA port supports hot swap
  • Disable RESET jumper - to disable the RESET button.
  • Maximum throughput - 150 MB/sec
  • Small 4-P power connector
  • Input power: 5V @ 150 mA
  • Bezel color: Black
  • Dimensions: 5.83 (W) x 7.2 (D) x 1.65 (H) in. (148 x 183 x 42 mm.)
  • Weight:
    • model C6GSN - 14 oz (397 g)
    • model C6GSN2E - 16 oz (454 g)
  • Operating temperature and humidity: 0 °C to + 70 °C, 0% - 95% (non-condensing)
  • Storage temperature and humidity: -40 °C to + 85 °C, 0% - 90% humidity

*A Certification Mark of NIST, which does not imply product endorsement by NIST, the U.S. or Canadian Governments.

PRODUCTS

C6GSN - (Cipher II Snap-In, single encryption module)
Content: Cipher II Snap-In with single encryption module, SATA power / data/ LED combo cable, a pair of standard cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 8-in SATA data cable (AAHPISC8), user guide
Price: 109.00
C6GSN-2E - (Cipher II Snap-In with dual encryption module)
Content: Cipher II Snap-In with dual encryption modules, SATA power / data/ LED combo cable, two pairs of standard cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 8-in SATA data cable (AAHPISC8), 4P-2 floppy power conneting cable (AA4P2FPCBL), user guide
Price: 175.00
C6GSNHM - (Cipher II Snap-In, single encryption and 2 HMAC keys)
Content: Cipher II Snap-In with single encrytion module, SATA power / data/ LED combo cable, two (2) HMAC keys (AAHMACK), 8-in SATA data cable (AAHPISC8), user guide
Price: 149.00
C6GSNHM-2E - (Cipher II Snap-In, dual encryption modules and 4 HMAC keys)
Content: Cipher II Snap-In with dual encryption modules, SATA power / data/ LED combo cable, four (4) HMAC keys (AAHMACK), 8-in SATA data cable (AAHPISC8), Molex 4P - 2 floppy power conneting cable (AA4P2FPCBL), user guide
Price: 255.00

ACCESSORIES

AAENKEY256 (1 AES 256-bit Cipher key)
Content: 1 piece of AES-256-bit encryption key
Price: 9.00
SSN6G-256EU (Sapphire Cipher II ECB Snap-In, with integrated eSATA and USB 3.1)
Content: Sapphire Cipher II Snap-In main unit with integrated eSATA and USB 3.1 interface, 3-foot eSATA cable (AAESATA100C), 6-foot USB 3.1 A-B cable (AAU3AB6F), a pair of standard cipher keys (AAENKEY256-2), 110/240V AC/DC 12V adapter (AAP12V3A-US), user guide.
Price: 205.00
ASWRNG (RNG programming suite for Cipher key (AAENKEY256 and AAENKEY256-2))
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) programming software for cipher key model AAENKEY256 and AAENKEY256-2. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 60.00
ASWRNG-P30 (RNG software suite PRO with 30 HMAC key license)
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) software suite PRO with license to program up to 30 HMAC keys. HMAC key is not included. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 569.00
ASWRNG-P50 (RNG software suite PRO with 50 HMAC key license)
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) software suite PRO with license to program up to 50 HMAC keys. HMAC Key is not included. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 849.00
ASWRNG-P100 (RNG software suite PRO with 100 HMAC key license)
Content: Addonics RNG (Random Number Generator) software suite PRO with license to program up to 100 HMAC keys. HMAC Key is not included. Windows 10 compatible. Requires Addonics 6G SATA encryption hardware.
Price: 1399.00
AAHMACK (1 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher key)
Content: 1 piece of AES 256-bit HMAC key. Note: The cipher code file (a .BIN file) is provided in either a CD or email. If the customer wants to receive this file via email, please include the email address in the instruction box on the final check out page when placing the order from our online store. The BIN file is required to program additional cipher keys with the same code. For security purpose, we store the BIN file for up to 30 days only after the product delivery. It is important for the customer to make extra copies of this file and keep them in a safe place once the file is received.
Price: 39.95
AAHMACK-30 (30 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher keys + RNG software PRO)
Content: 30 pieces of AES 256-bit HMAC keys, RNG software PRO, user guide
Price: 849.00
AAHMACK-50 (50 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher keys + RNG software PRO)
Content: 50 pieces of AES 256-bit HMAC keys, RNG software PRO, user guide
Price: 1249.00
AAHMACK-100 (100 AES 256-bit HMAC Cipher keys + RNG software PRO)
Content: 100 pieces of AES 256-bit HMAC keys, RNG software PRO, user guide
Price: 2199.00
CKEYEX6 (Cipher key extension cable, 6 feet)
Content 6 feet Cipher key extension cable. Can be used to connect the Cipher key 6 feet from the CipherChain, Diamond Cipher, Ruby Cipher and other Addonics Cipher equipment.
Price: 17.95