With computers in use reaching the two billion mark and mobile phones exceeding the world population, security is mission critical. Based on IDC estimates, about half of all data is unprotected. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports that 536,508,478 records have been breached from unencrypted drives that were lost, stolen or hacked since 2005. This has led to some substantial lost business costs. The average cost of data breaches over a one year period in the USA alone is around 3.32 million.
To help to protect end users from these risks, the Trusted Computing Group was formed. Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is a not-for-profit organization formed by industry leaders to develop industry standards and facilitate trust in computing platforms and environments.
Now, self-encrypting drives (SEDs) are becoming more and more popular for enterprise customers. If you have used software encryption in the past, you should know how slow it can be at times, hardware encryptions allows for a much more pleasant and transparent user experience. However, to utilize this feature you need software by such companies as WinMagic and Wave. Essentially, their software is the key to the lock in SEDs.
While at the booth we spoke with Humanyun Wahab, product marketing manager, and Eric Wing, professional services engineer, from WinMagic Data Security. By utilizing WinMagic’s software, businesses and consumers can easily utilize the hardware encryption features of their supporting drives and keep their data safe from thieves.
Wrapping up our chat, we started to discuss the possibility of evaluating their software to compare the difference between no encryption, software encryption, and hardware encryption. So, we will be looking forward to hearing back form them soon and getting an article out for our readers at a later time!
Stay tuned for more!