Hitachi, SECUDE collaborate on notebook computer security solution

Companies' collaboration to open new era in hard drive data protection


SAN JOSE, Calif. & ZURICH, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) and SECUDE International AG today announced plans to jointly provide commercial notebook users and storage administrators an encryption solution that helps safeguard data in the event of system theft or loss. The combined solution uses Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B hard drives and FinallySecure Enterprise from SECUDE.

The use of encryption technology is growing rapidly, as notebooks continue to emerge as the primary PC for the home and office. Because they are frequently used as a repository for sensitive personal and business information, guarding against system theft and loss is of primary importance. The high cost of identity theft looms large for consumers, while corporations are at risk of data breaches that could result in legal action and significant expense.

"Hitachi is a leader in data protection. In fact, we've been providing Bulk Data Encryption as an optional feature on our popular Travelstar mobile hard drives for four generations," said Brendan Collins, vice president, Product Marketing, Hitachi GST. "Our collaboration with SECUDE will now enable customers to further safeguard their notebook PCs by providing them with integrated security capabilities, such as simplified key management, remote drive configuration and drive decommissioning."

"By working with Hitachi, we can bring the benefits of the FinallySecure Enterprise to customers everywhere," said Tristan Kromer, Vice President of Data Protection Division, SECUDE. "If a notebook is lost or stolen, FinallySecure can erase the hard drive remotely or just temporarily decommission it. Our intuitive user interface and synchronization with Active Directory allows companies to easily protect their data, even when they cannot protect their notebook."

The Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B allows secure erase of confidential and proprietary information stored on the drive. By removing the key used for encryption, all of the data is effectively lost, making it easy for users or administrators to redeploy or retire the hard drive. If the hard drive is used again, a unique security key is generated and new data will be written over the old, unreadable data.

The FinallySecure software provides total data-at-rest protection by combining hardware- and software-based technologies, in accordance with the TCG Opal specification. FinallySecure offers migration from single user to enterprise and software to hardware, all with central management.