Foremay, Inc., a leading producer of rugged solid state drives (SSDs), is announcing the release of their Self Encrypting Drive (SED) enabled SSD. This new SSD utilizes hardware encryption technologies to encrypt and decrypt every individual piece of data during every read and write process, ensuring that all data on the drive is secure. Additionally, the Foremay SED SSD offers crypto erase, whereby all data on the drive can be scrambled, scattered and rendered utterly useless. Users are able to initiate the crypto erase feature at any time; or it can be programmed for automatic execution when triggered.
One of the unique features of crypto erase is the lightning speed with which the SSD can secure erase itself. It takes only a second for the crypto erase of a Foremay SED SSD of any capacity up to 20TB. Users are able to send an ATA command either locally or remotely to initialize the crypto erase feature; or it can be initialized by utilizing a hardware-triggered execution method.
According to Jack Winters, Foremay co-founder and CTO, “Information security on SSD drives has become increasingly important to all users, particularly in government, defense, financial and medical industries. Foremay’s SED SSD protects the drives and the data from unauthorized access by means of 256-bit AES hardware encryption that complies with TCG OPAL 2.0. Users can also preset a maximum number of failed access attempts that will automatically trigger crypto erase.”
Software-based encryption is often associated with significant system performance degradation. The on-the-fly hardware encryption of the Foremay SED SSD has virtually no measurable degradation of system performance, and also works with any operating system. Hardware encryption is far more secure than its software-based counterparts, which can be affected by a virus, corrupted or attacked by hackers.
The crypto key for self-encrypting drives can be set and kept outside of your Foremay SED SSD only, so that even if the drive were stolen there would be no way to hack the key, let alone access any data on the drive. Furthermore, by utilizing optional OPAL 2.0 features coupled with an enhanced authorization key, and encryption key authentication and verification process, if a drive is removed from its host computer it will not be recognized (nor can it be accessed by) another computer even if the user has the correct authorization key.
Foremay’s SED SSDs are currently in production, including select product series that include the SC199, EC188, TC166 and OC177 product families. You can view the Foremay press release announcing the Foremay SED SSDs in its entirety here.