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7mm SED auto-deletes data on system breach

Posted: 26 Mar 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SED  FIPS  Toshiba 

Toshiba Electronics Europe has rolled out its FIPS (US Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 standard-validated self-encrypting drives (SEDs), which automatically deletes data upon detection of a system breach.

The 7mm HDD is designed to the Trusted Computing Group's "Opal" Security Sub-Classification. This standard implements protocols created to help IT managers, security management application providers and client security professionals manage data security and prevent potentially damaging and costly breaches to sensitive information. In addition, the FIPS-validated model provides tamper-evident labelling for additional security.

SEDs perform encryption securely within the drive's hardware at full interface speeds, improving system performance versus software encryption, which performs encryption as a background software task that can negatively impact user productivity. In addition, SEDs eliminates the need for a "re-encryption" cycle during initial client configuration.

What's more, the SEDs encryption functionality cannot be disabled, decreasing the risk that security practices required by policy for legal compliance might be put at risk by end-user actions. The SED wipe technology also ensures systems can be easily and securely cryptographically erased to protect against data breaches when systems are retired from service, re-deployed or returned to a third party service provider.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times Europe





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