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Feb 14 2011   11:49AM GMT

Seagate Announces Milestone for Self-Encrypting Drives

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Seagate announced a major milestone at the RSA Security Conference: it has shipped over a million self-encrypting laptop and enterprise hard drives. Six major manufacturers–including Dell and Fujitsu–have helped drive the success of the drives.

Laptops in particular are easily lost or stolen, and often contain gigabytes upon gigabytes of confidential company information, or private client or┬ácustomer data. It is critical to protect that data–and for many organizations it is mandated by compliance requirements. Seagate’s Momentus self-encrypting drives (SEDs) can help ensure that the data is not compromised or exposed.

The┬áSeagate press release explains, “The AES encryption chip in the Momentus SEDs automatically and transparently encrypts all drive data, not just selected files or partitions. The 2.5-inch drive also eliminates disk initialization and configuration required by encryption software, allows IT administrators to instantly erase all data cryptographically so the drive can be quickly and easily redeployed, and delivers full inline-speed encryption with no impact to system performance.”

With more vendor support and industry cooperation, as well as government certifications, it may not take long for Seagate to hit that two million mark.

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