Secure Storage Made Easy – Notes from the Field on SEDs and Management

Date Published: February, 25, 2015

TCG members have been shipping self-encrypting drives (SEDs) and associated management software for some time – in fact, some reports indicate that most, if not all, drives, will eventually include TCG’s SED standards. That includes not only hard disk drives, but solid state drives an enterprise storage offerings (report courtesy of Coughlin Associates).

As data breaches continue to make the news (and happen behind the scenes), attention has been shifting to how to best protect data. And the SEDs are a safe, effective and proven way to protect data at rest, with no impact on performance. Encryption is always on, can be managed remotely by administrators, and cannot be turned off by users. And, TCG’s standards enable instant erase, allowing for very efficient drive disposal or preparation for re-use.

A recent blog post by TCG member Micron provides some interesting notes around management of SEDs. “… The corporate IT manager will also need software at the client level and at the company IT level which will initiate the encryption protection, manage the organization’s fleet of mobile computers, and ultimately protect any sensitive data…”

Learn more about SEDs in TCG’s Architect’s guide. Also join TCG at its RSA Conference 2015 association session on Monday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., to hear from users about using trusted computing today.



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