Integral Memory plc: Integral First with FIPS Approved 256-Bit Hardware Encrypted mSATA SSDS

UK-developed FIPS 197-validated drives with capacities to 256GB offer simple, convenient and low-cost data protection for Windows® laptops and Ultrabooks while delivering speed and durability of solid-state storage.

LONDON--()--Memory and storage specialist Integral has launched Crypto mSATA SSD, a market-leading range of mSATA (MO-300) solid-state drives featuring military-level, AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256-bit hardware encryption. As well as the secure, convenient and low-cost protection of sensitive data, the new drives offer all the benefits of solid-state storage. This includes low-power operation, silent running, rapid boot time and, as there are no moving parts, higher reliability and enhanced resistance to shock and vibration.

Protecting sensitive data through encryption is a mandatory requirement for a wide range of organisations, as bodies such as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) impose increasingly severe penalties for data protection breaches resulting from lost and stolen computers. Crypto mSATA SSD is a ‘fit and forget’ solution with a low total cost of ownership (TCO) that will allow banks, law firms, educational establishments, healthcare professionals, local government and a variety of other business and public sector organisations to meet their data protection obligations.

Developed in the UK and available in capacities from 64GB to 256GB, the new FIPS 197-validated Crypto mSATA SSDs extend Integral’s Crypto brand from its successful range of encrypted SATA III SSDs and USB Flash Drives. The high-speed mSATA SSDs can be installed in laptops, Ultrabooks and small form-factor machines (for use as embedded secure storage) in a matter of minutes. As well as quick configuration, Crypto mSATA SSD uses hardware-based full disk encryption (FDE) to offer a higher level of security than software-only encryption. Furthermore, unlike software, the disks place no additional overhead on the processor and, with no requirement for on-going licence fees, a one-off payment delivers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

With Crypto mSATA SSD, all of the data on the drive including the operating system is 256-bit AES encrypted at system shutdown. The security system is BIOS-independent and a user can only access the disk and initiate Windows® boot-up by entering the correct high-strength 8-16 character alphanumeric password. In the event of a brute force password attack, all encrypted data is automatically erased after a pre-set number of failed password attempts. The data and encryption key are securely destroyed and the Crypto mSATA SSD is reset. In addition, once encryption has been set, it is not possible to clone the Crypto drive.

Offering a multi-lingual interface that significantly simplifies global deployments, the SSDLock program supplied with Crypto mSATA SSD provides an easy-to-use, intuitive interface for system configuration. Using the SSDLock program, the number of failed password attempts that are allowed can be set at between 6 and 20 and administrators have the option to create both a user password and a master override password. This allows the administrator to unlock the Crypto mSATA SSD in the event that the user forgets their password.

Unlike other drives where the disk identifier is factory set by the manufacturer, Crypto mSATA SSD, via the SSDLock program, also includes an enterprise feature which provides administrators with the option to allocate each Crypto drive with an embedded unique or company-wide identifier. This unique ID significantly simplifies the implementation and management of endpoint security solutions in which only certain computers and devices may be allowed on the network, or where administrators want to limit and control certain users’ access to company data and applications.

Samik Halai Integral’s security product manager, comments: “In 2012, Integral Memory was first to market with a true 256-bit hardware encrypted SSD. I am very happy that again in 2013, Integral leads the way with a hardware encrypted mSATA solution that has been independently validated by NIST to meet the comprehensive FIPS 197 data security standard. Crypto mSATA SSD allows organisations to meet their obligations under data protection laws, provides many advantages over software encryption alternatives, and delivers all the benefits of SSD technology ranging from improved productivity to increased laptop battery life.”

Crypto mSATA SSDs are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Capacities available and in stock now are 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. A two-year warranty is standard for all models.

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Why choose hardware encryption over software encryption?

The major difference between hardware encryption and software encryption is that with hardware based encryption, the encryption and decryption processes are carried out by a dedicated processor (part of the Integral Crypto hardware). In software encryption, the resources of the device on which the software is installed are used for the encrypting and decrypting of data. This makes hardware encryption much faster. Another significant advantage of hardware encryption is that the cryptographic key is stored in a separate inaccessible portion of memory storage, making it more secure than software encryption.


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About Integral

Integral Memory is a brand of Integral Memory plc, a company that began life in the UK in 1989 when, as Just RAMs plc., it supplied memory for very early PCs and data systems. Today the company designs and manufactures a wide range of memory and storage products encompassing DRAM, memory cards, USB drives, solid state drives (SSDs) and industrial memory solutions. In 2010 the company launched the ‘Crypto’ range of FIPS-validated USB drives that encrypt and protect sensitive data. In 2012 the Crypto brand was extended with SATA II and SATA III SSDs offering military-level, AES 256-bit hardware encryption.

Integral is a truly global organisation with headquarters and R&D and testing facilities in the UK and offices in France, Spain, The Netherlands, the USA and the UAE. Resellers in more than 50 countries sell the company’s products and customers include large corporates, government departments, educational institutions and a wide variety of business and personal users.

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James Danton
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Integral Memory plc
James Danton
+44 (0) 20 8451 8700