Self-Encrypting SSDs From Samsung

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Data encryption becomes more and more popular with mobile computers, since I can't think about anything worse than having your personal information revealed to the evil eye of someone who shouldn't see it. Don't think about THAT KIND of information, think about your own code, passwords to your sites, bank information...stuff like that. Well, Samsung comes to the rescue!

The big story? "Full disk encryption (FDE) has already been adopted as a standard feature available in many commercial laptop and desktop systems with hard disk drives. Samsung self-encrypting drives – 256-, 128- and 64-gigabyte SSDs – provide FDE bundled with Wave's EMBASSY® management software and are now available through at least one major OEM."

On the other hand, we all know that no SSDs commercially available have such features, so Samsung is going where no tech company has gone before once again!

"Samsung's new 256GB, 128GB, and 64GB SSDs are the first solid state drives to incorporate hardware-based encryption, which has made headlines in recent weeks with publication of the industry's Opal storage specification published by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Benefits of hardware encryption over today's software-only encryption approaches include faster performance, better security and an "always on" feature. Because encryption keys and access credentials are generated and stored within the drive hardware, they never leave its confines and are never held in the operating system or by application software. This hardware FDE approach is considered more secure and less complex to manage."

Unfortunately, pricing and availability information still needs to come out, because "at least one major OEM" isn't quite enough for somebody interested in buying a self-encrypting SSD, don't you agree?


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