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Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) has launched the MKxx61GSYD, a 7,200rev/min 2.5in self-encrypting drive (SED) designed for commercial notebooks and security-sensitive applications.

These applications include shared desktop PCs.

The MKxx61GSYD provides government-grade AES-256 hardware encryption incorporated in the disk drive’s controller electronics.

The drive’s built-in hardware encryption is said to offer many benefits.

Based on the Opal Security Subsystem Class (Opal SSC) specification from the Trusted Computer Group, the Toshiba SED enables secure and quick deployment of encryption on notebook and desktop PCs to protect confidential information.

Toshiba SDD said its SED technology helps IT departments to achieve strong and cost-effective security without interrupting business flow or impacting application performance.

SEDs designed to the Opal SSC specification provide advanced access authentication and built-in hardware data encryption.

Because it is an open industry standard, Opal encourages broad support from both security solutions vendors and SED makers – enabling seamless management of most deployments that support both pre-existing software encryption and Opal SSC-specified SED storage.

SEDs designed to the Opal specification help organisations protect data from theft or unauthorised access, while easing the administrative burdens associated with re-purposing or retiring client systems and data storage.

The Toshiba MKxx61GSYD provides AES-256 encryption built into the drive’s electronics hardware.

This government-grade encryption increases security for data that resides on the storage media.

In addition, access to the Toshiba MKxx61GSYD SED can be securely administered or disabled remotely, using capabilities such as those enabled by Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT).

With SED storage, the initial encryption of OS files, applications and user data is performed at full I/O speeds by the SED as the data is transferred to the disk media.

With software encryption, loading of the OS, applications and user data must be completed prior to reading and encrypting the same data within the PC’s system memory and re-writing the encrypted data back to the drive.

This ‘re-encryption cycle’ often takes hours and may create a security gap during initial system deployment.

With SED drives, disk contents are encrypted as they are loaded providing both a faster and more secure deployment process.

These advantages help to reduce IT support burdens when recovering or re-purposing a notebook or PC using SED storage.

The MKxx61GSYD is compatible with leading third-party security management applications for notebook and other client PCs.

Software encryption uses CPU cycles and system capacity, reducing the performance of applications.

The hardware encryption built into the MKxx61GSYD allows full storage I/O speeds, ensuring that users will experience no reduction in application performance due to background encryption processes.

Because SED security features are transient to applications and operating systems, the MKxx61GSYD can be deployed into any managed security environment supporting the industry standard Opal SSC specification.

The Toshiba MKxx61GSYD model also provides features to support secure, role-based pre-boot access authentication such as that which is employed by the leading security management ISVs in their client security, enterprise client administration, and single sign-on frameworks.

The MKxx61GSYD has built-in hardware encryption and therefore can help eliminate the expenses associated with software encryption licenses.

The built-in encryption also eliminates the need to escrow media encryption keys, reducing the complexity of key management.

Toshiba Storage Device Division

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