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Self Erasing Harddisk By Toshiba
Self Erasing Harddisk By Toshiba
Self Erasing Harddisk By Toshiba

Toshiba announced a harddisk with enhanced data security feature.This self-encrypting hard disk drives is capable of instantly erasing its contents when used on an unauthorized machine thus making it more difficult for thieves to steal data.This 2.5 inch harddisk can be useful for organizations which deal with sensitive data information.

The SED (self encrypting device) perform an authentication process at the time of computer start.At the time of booting if the authentication process fails than hardisk either deny the access or performs cryptographic erase of the full data.Unlike a standard drive erase, which overwrites data multiple times to delete the data, a cryptographic erase obliterates the crypto keys, which are needed to decrypt the data. This means the encrypted information is now unreadable and inaccessible.

“Digital systems vendors recognize the need to help their customers protect sensitive data from leakage or theft. Toshiba’s security technologies provide designers of copiers, printers, PCs, and other systems with new capabilities to help address these important security concerns,” said Scott Wright, a Toshiba storage division product manager.

There are many configuration options which omes with SED.For example user can set to erase the data when it is installed on an unauthorized machine,or  users can also choose to have the SED wiped every time the computer is rebooted, or if a person tries to unlock the drive multiple times with the incorrect validation login.Further clearing Toshiba says all is not automatically lost forever. If a drive is inadvertently locked, “then drive could be recovered with the use of administrator credentials.”

To meet the requirements of Law enforcement agencies Toshiba has built in a fail-safe which would require that administrator certificates be provided that would allow the contents of the drive to be produced.This is done to avoid the misuse of SED by cyber criminals so that they cann't protect their own sensitive data.This way law enforcement agencies could subpoena an SED’s contents.

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