Self-encrypting drives (SED) are the same as standard hard drives, with one key difference: they embed encryption into the drive itself, so you don’t need encryption software.

In 2007, Seagate introduced the first laptop hard drive with encryption built in. Since then, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has defined an SED standard called Opal. Leading hard drive manufactures like Seagate and Hitachi, flash vendors like Micron and Samsung and external drive leaders like CMS have built a wide-range of Opal-based SEDs.  PC vendors like Dell, HP and Lenovo offer these SEDs on a variety of systems, for little to no additional cost.  Gartner estimates that in 5 years all drives will be hardware encrypted.

Simply put, SEDs are the safest, fastest and most cost effective way to protect sensitive data resting on your endpoints.

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January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015