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Data compromise and breach can lead to strong fines for potential compliance violations and high-profile public disclosure embarrassment resulting in huge financial losses. Protecting data with strong encryption on the hard drive mitigates this risk and must be a top priority for any organization.

Self- encrypting drives provide the industry’s premier solution for full disk encryption, protecting data when the machines or drives are lost or stolen. TCG’s Opal specification and Seagate’s DriveTrust technology adds encryption security to hard drives by ensuring that every byte of data on the hard drive is encrypted using the hard drive’s internal electronics. More importantly, an open and industry based standard provides for multivendor interoperability.

So what are the top 5 benefits of Self Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

  1. Significant performance improvement:
    • Encryption hardware, integrated into the drive controller, allows the drive to operate at full data rate with no performance degradation
    • Scalable solution - every drive contains encryption engine
  2. Highly secure solution:
    • The encryption on the drive is always on – assists with regulatory compliance requirements
    • SKeys for encryption are generated in the drive and never leave the drive
    • User authentication is performed by the drive before it will unlock at Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), independent of the operating system
  3. Increased efficiencies due to ease of deployment and use:
    • Encryption is transparent to both users and software
    • Lowers time for large scale deployments that can save hours of set up time for the end users
    • User authentication is performed by the drive before it will unlock at Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), independent of the operating system
  4. Lower overall TCO – Total Cost of Ownership:
    • No need for complex infrastructure to manage encryption keys
    • No modifications to OS, applications or tools
    • Crypto- erase provides instant drive repurposing / decommissioning
  5. Self-Encrypting Drives in the Marketplace
    • The PC OEMs will soon launch notebooks with SEDs as a standard
    • Price delta versus a standard hard drive will go down to almost zero over time and as volume ramps up


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