Have you ever bought a used PC or used hard drive and found someone else’s old data on it? Or worse yet, have you ever sold or lost a hard drive not being completely sure your data was erased before hand? This among other issues requiring an increased level of security has prompted Seagate to unveiled their DriveTrust security software. The technology will come built into the Momentus 5400 FDE.2 and the DB35 series hard drive and will encrypt the data on the drive without requiring external software or hindering the hard drive performance.
There are multiple situations that cause hard drive security to become and important issue, and having the encryption easily and cost-effectively implemented will improve the overall level of security with sensitive information. Everything from your own personal family pictures and financial information to health care organizations required to comply to security due to patent privacy requirements warrant having a solution to securing data.
The DriveTrust security is not completely brand new, as Seagate currently has the technology embedded into a drive family used for DVR’s. This implementation allows makers of the DVR’s to “bind” a drive to the device with the data encryption which makes it much more difficult for someone to illegally copy the multimedia content from the DVR. By adding this encryption security to computer hard drives Seagate is able to provide an easy and cost effective way to provide encryption without necessarily needing to use a 3rd party applications to create the encryption.
This doesn’t mean that software providers are not going to be able to take advantage of this encryption. The DriveTrust technology provides software vendors an SDK to build applications that leverage the DriveTrust encryption technology to make access control interfaces that manage passwords and implement thumb print scanners or smart cards to pass authentication and gain access to data on the drive.
Having a data encrypted drive may sound complicated, but Seagate has made installation as simple as using a regular hard drive. Although applications leveraging the data encryption can build complex layers of authentication on top of the technology, simply creating a password for the drive is all that is really necessary to have your data encrypted in the case that your hard drive was stolen or lost. All the security runs within the drive and does not need any patches, updates or upgrades.
Seagate is wisely creating this technology through standards with the Trusted Computing Group to create an open architecture that enables the utilization of the DriveTrust Technology across different storage devices. Having these standards allows the manufacturers of hard drives, along the companies that make gadgets that use the hard drives to create software and firmware that can easily take advantage of the encryption security features going forward.
Seagate plans to release the DriveTrust Technology in the notebook hard drives in the first quarter of 2007.
Press Release [Seagate]