Technology to make the data stored on HDDs and SSDs secure is available in most of these products. The Trusted Computing Group Opal standard for Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) has been implemented in the controllers in almost all HDDs and all SSDs. But despite the near-universal implementation of security tools for data at rest, very few applications and users are using this technology to secure their data. A recent report explores the various factors that have slowed market adoption as well as those that favor continued growth and makes market projections for this industry. Tom Coughlin is President of Coughlin Associates, and is one of the authors of this report.
Following are factors that have delayed growth of SED security applications as well as those that should help drive future implementation.
Factors behind the slow market adoption of the technology in its early history:
Factors that favor the continued growth of SEDs:
Some projections from this 38 page report are:
The 2015 Self-Encrypting Drive Market and Technology Report is the source of this material. You can find out more about this report in the brochure at http://www.tomcoughlin.com/techpapers.htm. The tools for more secure storage of information at rest are available on the most popular storage devices. We need to improve software, increase awareness and get a greater realization of why privacy is important for effective commerce to increase the use of use these tools to help protect users content and privacy.
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