With the number of data breaches rising, security is increasingly seen as paramount to maintaining customer confidence, ensuring business continuity, safeguarding reputation and managing mission critical applications.
Keeping data secure is the number one consideration for CIOs. Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) are increasingly being seen as a viable and cost-effective security solution. With SEDs, the encryption takes place while the data is being written to drive.
The security comes from the associated RAID controller that supports the hardware encryption. The complementary keys on both the drive and the controller card mean the drive will only work in-situ. If it’s removed (lost, stolen, end-of-life, warranty repair etc) the data becomes unreadable.
The codes are all-but unbreakable. Due to the 256 bit encryption there are billions of possible encryption codes. Even if a program was written to try them all it would just take too long, at least 10 years. Having self-encryption adds only minimally to the overall price of the drive.
And for data hosting centres, simply erasing the key instantly wipes an entire drive, negating the need for time-consuming reformatting or repurposing.
Published Date: 02/02/2017
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