Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced the introduction of a new 2.5in Self-Encrypting Drive. The 7,200 RPM MKxx61GYSD drive features government-grade AES-256 hardware encryption that has been built-into the disk drive’s controller electronics.
Toshiba has introduced the new SED as part of its series designed specifically for commercial notebooks and security-sensitive applications. The AES-256 hardware encryption makes the MKxx61GYSD far superior in security compared to software encrypted HDDs. Toshiba has used the Opal Security Subsystem Class (Opal SSC) specification from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) for the new drive. The AES-256 encryption algorithm used by Toshiba in the new drive is certified by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through its Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP).
This allows the drive to quickly and effectively deploy highly secure encryption on notebooks and desktop PCs. The new HDD is ideal for computer systems that are used for managing confidential and sensitive data. Toshiba’s new drive comes at a very opportune time as most governments across the world are demanding that organizations follow and deploy better security policies for data sanctity. With the SED technology in place, IT departments can quickly meet government standards without having to interrupt business flow or application performance.
With SED storage in place, organizations have less need to worry about security as the initial encryption of OS files, application, and user data is performance automatically at full I/O speeds by the SED. All of this happens even as the data is transferred to the disk. This is much better than software encryption as there is no need to transfer data back and forth for encryption, which in itself can lead to security lapses.
Additionally, the Opal SSC is a broadly-supported industry standard that is fully compatible with all leading third party security management applications currently available. This means Toshiba’s SED does not call for any special application or software installation. The MKxx61GYSD is also fully compatible with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT), which allows the drive to be securely administered or disabled remotely without any security concerns.
As SED security features are fully transparent, the new drive can be quickly integrated into any managed security environment without any need to dismantle the entire setup. Talking about the new SED, Martin Larsson, VP, Toshiba Europe, SDD, said, “Strong data encryption and access authentication provide the foundations for meeting the “safe harbour” provisions of privacy protection laws. The MKxx61GSYD helps businesses to protect their data assets by utilising the Opal SCC specification, a global standard which is broadly supported by leading security solutions providers. Users will benefit from richer security capabilities, in addition to optimum application performance.”
Samples of the MKxx61GYSD have already started shipping out to partners, though mass production of the drives is only scheduled to start in Q1 2011.
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