Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Seagate Introduces Conent Protection Technology in Hard Drives
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Seagate is introducing a new security platform that delivers a
simple, cost- effective way to deploy the high levels of security for computing systems, computer electronics and mobile devices by protecting data on the hard disc drive.
The platform, Seagate DriveTrust Technology, combines fully automated hardware-based security with a programming
foundation that makes it easy to add security-based software
applications for organization-wide encryption key management,
multi-factor user authentication and other capabilities that help
lock down digital information at rest.
The Seagate security platform automatically protects
all drive data, not just selected partitions or files, at all
times, and its security functions operate independently of the
hard drive, preserving the hard drive's full performance.
DriveTrust Technology also offers these benefits:
- With DriveTrust Technology, secure hard drives are as easy to
install and operate as standard drives. The security capabilities
run transparently within the drive with no need for additional
configuration. Set up can be as simple as creating a password for
- Drive-level security requires no patches, updates or upgrades,
eliminating many of the costs associated with traditional
- Information stored on DriveTrust Technology drives can be
instantly erased, making it easy to re-deploy and retire the
drives and reducing the time and costs traditionally associated
with overwriting and erasing disc data.
- DriveTrust Technology gives independent software vendors (ISVs)
a platform for building stronger security applications. The
DriveTrust Technology software developer kit (SDK) includes the
documentation and tools necessary to build DriveTrust
Technology-enabled applications such as access controls needed to
manage encryption keys, passwords and other forms of
authentication for large deployments.
Seagate DriveTrust - Securing Digital Content Across All Storage
Devices Seagate is committed to an open, standards-based
architecture that will enable the implementation of DriveTrust
Technology across all storage devices. Toward that end, an
independent laboratory is certifying DriveTrust algorithms
including encryption (AES and TripleDES), public key (RSA), and
Seagate is also driving toward the security of digital
content through its Trusted Computing Group
(TCG), a standards body working to strengthen and simplify the
deployment of computer security. Seagate is standardizing
DriveTrust Technology's encryption, authentication tools and
other security building blocks in a formal TCG storage
specification that is scheduled for public release in early 2007.
The TCG specification will enable manufacturers of hard drives
and devices that use them to easily deploy security capabilities
such as encryption and user authentication.
Dr. Robert Thibadeau, Seagate chief technologist, chairs TCG's
Storage WorkGroup and serves on the TCG Board of Directors.
Seagate currently offers a hard disc drive family featuring
DriveTrust Technology, the DB35 Series hard drives for digital
video recorders (DVRs) and other digital entertainment devices.
The DB35 Series hard drives are the first to enable manufacturers
to lock a drive to the system, allowing service providers to
deploy DVRs that protect recorded content from illicit copying
and distribution if the 3.5-inch, 7200-RPM drive is removed.
In the first quarter of calendar 2007, Seagate plans to introduce
Momentus 5400 FDE.2 for notebook computers, the first hard drive
with full disc encryption. The 2.5-inch, 5,400-RPM drive's hardware-based full disc encryption delivers significantly stronger protection than traditional encryption approaches by securely performing all cryptographic operations and access control within the drive. For users, only a password is needed to self-authenticate for full drive access, while third- party enhancements enable thumbprint and smart card options for multi-factor self-authentication.