October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States. There’s no argument that we need it—every week, stories emerge of new data hacks and identity thefts. Reading headlines can be overwhelming and demoralizing, but there are steps you can take to keep control of your personal data.
Data security issues are probably most apparent when data is being transferred from one machine to another and into the cloud. But endpoint security is just as important. When I say endpoint security, I mean the processes which secure data stored in a given physical location. We also call this security for “data-at-rest.
A notebook computer lost or stolen in an airport is expensive to replace. However, in almost all cases, the data on the computer is even more valuable than the computer itself. From private family photos, to personal financial or tax data, to corporate intellectual property—the data is often irreplaceable, and theft of that kind of data introduces a whole new realm of risks. There’s an easy hardware solution—self-encrypting drives. When you install and activate an SED, all of your data is scrambled and protected behind an encryption key that’s accessed by a password you—and only you—know. If the drive is stolen, the data is unrecoverable by any known decryption method.
For the last several years, Micron has designed all of our client SSDs with built-in encryption. Wave Systems and WinMagic offer some great tools for managing SEDs in a corporate enterprise, but individual users can easily turn on encryption via Windows 8. We describe how to do so in this tech note.
Whether your data is stored on a local drive in a notebook computer, in a massive array of drives in a data center which could reside anywhere on the planet, or even devices like copiers and ATMs, Micron provides an SSD that can provide secure data storage. Micron is a member of the Trusted Computing Group, a not-for-profit trade group and standards body formed to develop, define, and promote open standards for trusted computing platforms. Following the TCG standards, Micron SEDs provide industry-leading 256-bit encryption and strong authentication measures to keep unwelcome visitors from accessing your data.
To learn more about SEDs and how they work, read our white paper on self-encryption drives.