Seagate, McAfee, Dell Hook Up for Self-encrypting Notebooks

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-11-12 Print this article Print

New HDDs, with centrally managed securityware provided by McAfee, are now shipping to Seagate's worldwide channels in 160GB and 320GB capacities, with half-terabyte versions coming soon. Dell is now offering them as an option in several of its new enterprise-grade notebooks.

Seagate Technology, Dell and McAfee are bringing their well-established specialties to the same table to produce notebook computers that automatically provide encryption of data.

Seagate, the world's largest spinning disk drive maker, on Nov. 11 started shipping new self-encrypting Momentus notebook PC hard drives with 160GB to 320GB of capacity to its worldwide distribution channels. Half-terabyte (500GB) versions will be available early next year, Seagate said.

Data security provider McAfee is providing the embedded software for the enterprisewide management of notebooks using Seagate Secure hard drives.

McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator management system and endpoint encryption client-both of which are centrally managed-have been integrated into the Seagate Momentus FDE (full-disk encryption) hard drives to provide the embedded hardware encryption.

Using Orchestrator, 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 key requirement for compliance with many data-privacy laws.

For a closer look at the security aspect of this story,
see the blog of eWEEK's security expert, Larry Seltzer.

Dell, which will be building all of these new laptops, has been shipping a similar notebook with a 160GB Seagate self-encrypting hard drive since last year, but it was only available on a limited basis.

"These are the first self-encrypting drives we've ever shipped to the worldwide channel," Seagate Marketing Director Joni Clark told me.  "It's probably a matter of time before all hard drives are encrypted."

It was widely reported several months ago that an average of 30,000 laptops and handheld devices are left in New York City cabs and airports each month. In addition, the FBI recently reported that a notebook computer is stolen every 53 seconds and that 97 percent of them are never recovered.

Thus, data security on these devices-especially on enterprise machines that contain valuable business information-is becoming an increasing focus of enterprise IT managers.

Seagate's new Momentus FDE notebook hard drives boast 5,400- and 7,200-rpm speeds. 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 automatically.

McAfee isn't the only security software vendor that is working with Seagate on these new notebooks. SECUDE International, Wave Systems and WinMagic Data Security are also partnered with Seagate to handle portions of the HDD deliveries.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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