Integral Memory is claiming to be the first storage vendor with mSATA solid-state-drive (SSD) modules that support FIPS-certified 256-bit hardware encryption to protect data.
Integral's Crypto mSATA SSDs, which are available now for laptops and tablets, support 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities for system integrators and individual buyers via resellers such as Insight and Misco, with guide prices of £142, £183 and £267, respectively, the firm said.
Drives with built-in encryption have become increasingly common as businesses, especially those in the financial sector, become more aware of the risks of data breaches from lost or stolen end user devices.
However, while self-encrypting hard drives and SSDs are already available, Integral claims to be the first vendor to offer Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) certified SSDs in the mSATA format, designed for smaller portable devices such as laptops, ultrabooks and tablets.
The encryption is 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), endorsed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to meet the FIPS 197 data security standard.
Integral's security product manager Samik Halai said: "Crypto mSATA SSD allows organisations to meet their obligations under data protection laws, provides many advantages over software encryption alternatives, and delivers all the benefits of SSD technology ranging from improved productivity to increased laptop battery life."
Integral said the Crypto mSATA SSD encrypts all data on the drive, including the operating system, at shutdown. The user can only access the disk and boot into Windows by entering the correct 8-16 character password, and all the data will be erased after a preset number of failed password attempts.
The Crypto mSATA SSD is configured and passwords set using the supplied SSD Lock tool, which supports both administrator and user passwords. If a user forgets their password, the Crypto mSATA SSD can then be unlocked by the administrator and the user password reset.
The module itself supports a 6Gbps SATA 3 interface, and is capable of sustained read speeds of up to 397MBps and write speeds of 354MBps, according to Integral.
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