Drives Based on TCG Specifications Becoming Standard as Companies Join Forces in Drive Trust Alliance to Continue Adoption and Awareness
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 12, 2015 – One hundred percent of new solid state drives targeted to enterprises and the office, along with all new enterprise (SATA) storage devices, encrypt data constantly to protect against breaches and attacks. These self-encrypting drives, or SEDs) are based on specifications created by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and its members.
To further promote awareness of these drives and their always-on encrypting capability, TCG has joined with industry members in supporting the Drive Trust Alliance (DTA). The Drive Trust Alliance was formed in 2015 by both Bright Plaza, Inc. and Coughlin Associates to help promote awareness and adoption of self-encrypting drive technology in the consumer market.
Noted Tom Coughlin, storage industry analyst and president, Coughlin Associates, “While standards like this typically take time to penetrate the market, the urgency of the security problem and the widely available SED options mean that device makers and enterprise users don’t have to make a choice between non-SEDs and SEDs: SED technology is available now in most storage devices. The growing adoption of SEDs, evidenced in the almost one billion SEDs now deployed, demonstrates that this technology is among the proven solutions against data loss and attacks.”
TCG recently released a number of updates to its TCG SED specifications. SEDs provide:
Jason Cox, TCG Storage Work Group chairman, will join a panel of storage and encryption experts January 4 at the Storage Visions Conference to talk about data protection and SEDs, where TCG and DTA will demonstrate how SEDs protect data continuously with no user intervention and without impact on drive or system performance. Members also will demonstrate SEDs with members of the DTA. A discount for early registration ends Dec. 25.
TCG is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms. More information about TCG is available at trustedcomputinggroup.org. Follow TCG on Twitter and on LinkedIn.
Membership in the Trusted Computing Group is your key to participating with fellow industry stakeholders in the quest to develop and promote trusted computing technologies.
Standards-based Trusted Computing technologies developed by TCG members now are deployed in enterprise systems, storage systems, networks, embedded systems, and mobile devices and can help secure cloud computing and virtualized systems.
Trusted Computing Group announced that its TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) Library Specification was approved as a formal international standard under ISO/IEC (the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission). TCG has 90+ specifications and guidance documents to help build a trusted computing environment.