Samsung First to Offer SSD Full Disk Encryption

Full Disk Encryption Comes to Solid State Drives

Lee, MA and San Jose, CA: Wave Systems Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have collaborated to give professionals on the go the ultimate in hard drive security. Along with blazing speed, ultra-fast boot-up and silent operation, Samsung's new self-encrypting SSDs automatically encrypt information as it's saved to the drive, an industry first for SSDs.

Full disk encryption (FDE) has already been adopted as a standard feature available in many commercial laptop and desktop systems with hard disk drives. Samsung self-encrypting drives - 256-, 128- and 64-gigabyte SSDs - provide FDE bundled with Wave's EMBASSY management software and are now available through at least one major OEM.

"Samsung has combined the tremendous performance advantages of solid state technology with integrated hardware encryption for drives designed especially for today's 'road warrior' professionals," said Jim Elliott, memory vice president, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "Business users now get the best of performance and security in a single drive."

Samsung's new 256GB, 128GB, and 64GB SSDs are the first solid state drives to incorporate hardware-based encryption, which has made headlines in recent weeks with publication of the industry's Opal storage specification published by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Benefits of hardware encryption over today's software-only encryption approaches include faster performance, better security and an "always on" feature. Because encryption keys and access credentials are generated and stored within the drive hardware, they never leave its confines and are never held in the operating system or by application software. This hardware FDE approach is considered more secure and less complex to manage.

"Samsung is breaking new ground in performance and security with its solid state FDE drives," said Steven Sprague, Wave’s president and CEO. "Whether it's with cars or computers, many people will always demand the very best in performance and Samsung is delivering on that promise. With self-encrypting drives, users have the peace of mind that whatever's on the drive—credit card numbers, medical records, sensitive personal data or intellectual property is always protected."

Each Samsung self-encrypting SSD, when ordered in a new computer, now comes bundled with Wave's EMBASSY Trusted Drive Manager for complete life cycle management of the drive including pre-boot authentication to the drive and enrolling drive administrators and users. Trusted Drive Manager also enables the backup of drive credentials.
Via:  Samsung
Tags:  Samsung, SSD, Encryption
3vi1 5 years ago

No matter what any marketing release says, en/decryption adds overhead at some level. And, if decryption is totally transparent before the data gets to the OS, it's useless.

If you intend to put sensitive data on a laptop that won't be handcuffed to your wrist - Windows, Linux, BSD (and I'm sure OSX as well) make it incredibly easy to set up encryption for all your data folders. And with that approach, you don't waste cycles/power encrypting/decrypting every single read/write to the rest of the disk. It can also be implemented to a level way beyond what is available on these drives.

Samsung is my #1 choice in monitors, but this drive seems designed to sell Wave's software more than to solve any issue that cannot already be mitigated.

TravisAZ 4 years ago

True, performance is going to take a hit no matter what. However, it seems as though you are oversimplifying what it takes to secure corporate data. In an enterprise setting it's all but impossible to simply expect users to encrypt a folder. For serious security, you'll need first rate software.

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