Seagate and McAfee partner for self-encrypting laptops

Seagate shipping self-encrypting notebook PC hard drives


"McAfee provides leading enterprise-class, powerful encryption and strong access control technologies," said Tony Jennings , vice president Strategic Partnerships at McAfee. "By teaming with Seagate on its new encrypting Momentus drive, we are extending additional protection tools to our customers."

Through McAfee ePO, organizations worldwide can leverage Seagate Momentus FDE hard drives in heterogeneous environments to secure notebook information. IT security personnel can enforce policy management globally, enable token authentication and end-user password recovery, and aid organizations to prove that a missing notebook was encrypted at the time it was lost or stolen -- a requirement for compliance with many data-privacy laws.

Seagate Delivers Strong, Simple-to-Use Notebook Security for Consumers and Organizations

Seagate Secure hard drives are simple and easy for consumers and organizations to use. Individual computer users who are not subject to corporate policies and regulatory compliance, don't need multi-user encryption management and want to protect personal and other sensitive information can easily deploy a notebook with a Momentus FDE hard drive, which installs as easily as a traditional drive. Once installed, the user simply enters a BIOS password, then logs on as usual, and the security is in place. The hardware-based encryption engine delivers security without the overhead -- no bootup delays, no system slowdowns -- and the BIOS automatically authenticates the user for transparent security.

For organizations requiring high strength authentication and a simple way to meet state and federal consumer-privacy laws, Momentus FDE HD -- the industry's first hard drive with built-in encryption -- can be deployed in notebook fleets to enable secure disposal and repurposing of drives and notebooks; security audits; password escrow; pre-boot authentication in the form of biometrics, passwords and smart cards; and simple centralized management.

Now shipping is the Momentus 5400 FDE.3 hard drive with capacities of 320GB and 160GB and 8MBs of cache, as is Momentus 7200 FDE, Seagate's first high-performance (7200 RPM) self-encrypting notebook drive, with capacities of 320GB and 160GB and a 16MB cache. Seagate's Momentus 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM self-encrypting hard drives in capacities up to 500GB are scheduled to begin shipping early next year. All Momentus FDE drives feature a fast Serial ATA interface and built-in AES encryption, an AES government-grade encryption used to encrypt all hard drive information transparently and automatically.

The Seagate Secure family is powered by a robust security platform that combines strong, fully automated hardware-based security with a programming foundation that makes it easy to add security-based software applications for organization-wide encryption key management, multi-factor user authentication and other capabilities that help lock down digital information at rest. Seagate Secure hard drives are the only other hardware-based encryption solutions that deliver both AES government-grade security and centralized notebook security management. The drives aid government, healthcare, education, banking and financial institutions to comply with consumer laws and state and federal legislation requiring identity theft protection.

*2007 Annual CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey