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Self-encrypting SSDs to become de facto standard

Posted: 27 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Kaminario? self-encrypting SSD? encryption? Sony? Samsung?

The need to preserve and secure data are of prime importance to any organisation. Sensitive corporate information can be a company's greatest asset, but can also become a source of immense adversity when an ill-intentioned outside party gains illicit access to that information. The best example would by the recent high-profile attack on Sony that brought down even its most secure servers.

Regardless, it's yet another sign that additional layers of security may be needed as hackers find ways to break through network firewalls and pull out sensitive data, whether it's Hollywood secrets from a movie studio, or customer data from retailers such as Home Depot or Target. And sometimes it's not only outside threats that must be dealt with; those threats can come from within the firewall.

While password-protected user profiles on the client OS have been standard for years, self-encrypting SSDs are starting to become more appealing as they allow for encryption at the hardware level, regardless of OS, and can be deployed in a variety of scenarios, including enterprise workstations or in a retail environment.

In general, SSDs are becoming more common. SanDisk, for example, is bullish about adoption by average notebook users, while like many other vendors, optimising its enterprise SSDs for different workloads. Samsung, meanwhile, has added novel security features to its self-encrypting drive (SED), the 840 EVO SSD, making it compatible with professional security software employed by enterprise organisations, as it expects encrypted SSDs to become standard. Beyond SEDs themselves, there are the vendors such as Wave Systems and WinMagic that offer software to manage the encryption of SSDs on a wide scale.

Performance issues concern SSD users

A survey by the Storage Networking Industry Association found users lacked interest in built-in encryption features for SSDs, particularly in the mobile space. One of the chief concerns they had when adding features such as encryption to MCUs and SSDs is their effect on performance. Even though many SSDs being shipped today have data protection and encryption features built in, often those capabilities are not being switched on by OEMs, due to the misconception that encryption can reduce performance.

Ritu Jyoti, chief product officer at Kaminario, said customers are actually requesting encryption as a feature for its all-flash array, but also voice concerns about its effect on performance. "They do ask the question." Customers in the financial services sector in particular are looking for encryption on their enterprise SSDs, she said, driven by compliance demands, as well as standards outlined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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