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Data Privacy: Protecting data at rest.

Data Privacy: Protecting data at rest.

Data Privacy Day 

The National Cyber Security Alliance has declared January 28th, 2017 to be “Data Privacy Day.” You can follow the event with the hashtag, #PrivacyAware.  Micron has joined in this effort as a Champion Organization.  Our commitment to data security extends across our product lines, from SSDs to DRAM and our mobile and embedded products.

Our solid state self-encrypting drives (SEDs) protect the privacy of your data by protecting your “data at rest.”  This is a term commonly use to describe the data that’s stored on your drive, especially when the system is shut down.  We’ve all heard too many stories about someone who lost a laptop in an airport, only to find all the data on board has fallen into the wrong hands.  

Properly deployed SEDs, powered off or in hibernation mode when not in use, and using the best practices for passcode security, can prevent this sort of data breach.  All of our SEDs feature AES 256-bit encryption.  This provides protection which can take millions and millions of years to crack.  Similarly, data center SEDs can provide a fast and easy solution to data sanitization when drives are retired from the data center.  One of the key advantages of encrypted storage is the ability to change the encryption key, and instantaneously eliminate all the data on a drive prior to the drive being retired or redeployed. 

One of our most important new product introductions during 2016 was an enterprise SAS drive, the S650DC.  The encrypted S650DC was Micron’s first drive to be FIPS 140-2 Validated.  Our SED technology now boasts completion of months-long government-approved testing, which is required to ensure compliance with the strictest data security standards in the world.  This is very important for data storage systems which must adhere to the data security requirements - inside and outside of government.

As we progress into 2017, Micron will be introducing two new FIPS 140-2 Validated SEDs.  First, the Micron 1100 client SATA SED is our fifth-generation Opal drive, and the first to earn the FIPS 140-2 Validation.  This drive will be available in the 2.5” form factor (up to 2TB capacity), and the tiny M.2 form factor (up to 1TB).  The Micron 1100 SSD is nearing completion of the FIPS 140-2 Validation process - its progress toward validation may be monitored at this link.

Later in 2017, the Micron 5100 data center SATA SED will be released in a FIPS 140-2 Validated version, in our second-generation TCG-E product.  The Micron 5100 SED will be submitted to the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) during the first quarter of 2017.

Data privacy and data security are among the most important issues facing Information Technology professionals, today.  Since 2011, Micron has been bringing you government-grade, and now government-validated secure storage devices.  Micron’s SEDs and FIPS 140-2 Validated SEDs will help you keep your data private by locking down your data at rest and, keeping your most sensitive data private, even if you lose your hardware. You can learn more about Micron data storage security solutions here

About Our Blogger

Jon Tanguy

Jon is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer for Micron's Storage Business Unit, with a focus on client solid state drives.

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