Self-Encrypting Drives are Good for Business

Posted on 03/25/2014 by

Jim Elliott

The benefits of solid state drives (SSD) over hard disk drives (HDD) are well-known: better reliability and performance, remarkable ruggedness, less weight, no noise, and significantly lower power consumption. But, what about security?  When it comes to securing sensitive information, there are many different hardware and software options.

With the constant barrage of news highlighting data theft, security breaches, and the resulting punitive costs, data security is top of mind for most businesses. In 2009, the Trusted Computing Group, with the active participation of the drive industry, standardized on the technology for self-encrypting drives (SED): the encryption is implemented directly in the drive hardware and electronics. From the outside, an SED SSD functions as an ordinary drive, processing reads and writes. But, deep inside the drive electronics, just before the data ‘bits’ are written to the drive media, an encryption engine applies real-time encryption to the data stream, so that the ‘bits’ are encrypted and therefore unreadable to an unauthorized intruder.

Combining the many strengths of SSDs with enhanced security provided by self-encryption provides a winning solution for many today, including police, military, and government users, but also for the “road warriors” of any business or institution. Our friends at Samsung Electronics America have put together a great infographic about the security benefits that SEDs offer to businesses. Even though we at Samsung Semiconductor focus mainly on the OEM market, our colleagues on the consumer side are raising some great points about how SEDs are a sensible investment for protecting against costly data loss.

Check out the infographic below for more details and let us know what you think!

SED SSD Infographic

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