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The worlds most secure hard drives just got easier to manage

According to a 2011 Ponemon Institute study (sponsored by Intel)… 275 businesses surveyed in Europe have lost a combined 72,000 laptops, costing those organizations a total of $1.8 billion 329 businesses surveyed in the US have lost a combined 86,000 laptops, costing those organizations a…

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Seagate Momentus arms Mobile Armor for military-grade data security

Mobile Armor provides data protection solutions for the U.S. military and other risk-averse data users.  The military uses PCs as much or more than any organization, of course.  As you can imagine, preventing data loss, especially the “I wonder who saw it?” kinds of losses, is high on their list of requirements.    Seagate is a part of Mobile Armor’s Full-Disk Encryption [...]

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Encryption management across Mac and Windows

A few weeks after the disk drive community published encryption standards, self-encrypting disk drives take another step towards broad enterprise adoption: WinMagic announced that SecureDoc now manages encryption keys across Mac and Windows PCs. The ability to manage encryption passwords and recovery across all of an organization’s PCs is a requirement to fully implement disk encryption.  This is critical because self-encrypting drives [...]

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Seagate Constellation is much more than 2 TB

There has been a lot of coverage of Seagate’s new Constellation family of enterprise disk drives, mostly leading with something about 2 TB.  While the 2 TB capacity is newsworthy, Constellation is a much bigger deal than that capacity milestone.  Chris Mellor caught a glimpse of it. (UPDATE: fixed the broken Chris Mellor link.  Thanks Chris Evans!)  [...]

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Security gaps in Deniable File Systems uncovered

DFS-hidden data can be found by Microsoft Vista, Word and Google Desktop You may be in denial if you think a Deniable File System (DFS) will fully secure your data.  So says Byte and Switch today, based on a study by British Telecom’s Bruce Schneier and a team of researchers from the University of Washington.  They [...]

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Is crushing disk drives the only way to silence them?

FDE will mean less crushing and more re-using of disk drives  The Minneapolis Star Tribune profiled two local companies that have thriving businesses destroying retired disk drives.  The process is startling similar to the metal crushers used in junk yards.  If you had any doubt that erasing data from a drive doesn’t really erase it, read this [...]

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NSA blesses Seagate secure drives

Hardware-based encryption is an important weapon in the defense of data at rest If the National Security Agency says Seagate’s Momentus FDE self-encrypting hard drive is secure, I don’t need any more convincing. It really is a cool drive, with full AES encryption of all data within the drive, all without any slow-down in performance. [...]

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Disk drive encryption 101

A factual comparison of encryption methods Here’s a thorough article on disk drive-based encryption, with comparisons to software-based encryption.  Key takeaway: if you encrypt within the disk drive, there are no external access points for an intruder to exploit. What’s the real-world risk of someone going to such lengths?  Someone could break down my locked door at my [...]

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Where you encrypt is key

Full Disk Encryption is the elegant solution to elaborately hacked passwords   Engadget has recently raised the alarm over gaps in software-based encryption security.  First, they reported that keys can be recovered from DRAM with a complex but possible process.  Next, they pointed out that thumb drives could be used in a simpler variation of the [...]

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USB security: look to disk drives for inspiration

Secure the storage and free businesses to keep using a valuable tool Gigaom highlights the challenges with business security and the increase in size and use of USB drives for sensitive data.  Disabling USB ports isn’t the answer.  It crimps users’ style, and workarounds are bound to defeat the effort. Disk drive vendors are adding [...]

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