Jul 30, 2007

Seagate First Hard Drive Maker to Win NIST Certification for Encrypting Hard Drive


SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., July 30 -- Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) today announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. federal agency focused on promoting product innovation by establishing technical standards for government and business, has certified the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption chip built into Seagate's Momentus(R) 5400 FDE.2 disc drive, the world's first laptop hard drive with native encryption to protect against unauthorized access to information stored on lost or stolen laptop computers.


With the certification, Seagate becomes the first hard drive maker to offer a disc drive with built-in encryption approved by NIST. AES, an encryption standard developed by the U.S. government and used widely worldwide, has an expected useful life of more than 50 years. The algorithm is integral to Momentus 5400 FDE.2, a 2.5-inch hard drive built with Seagate DriveTrust(TM) technology. DriveTrust is a powerful 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.

"This NIST stamp of approval exemplifies Seagate's commitment to open standards that enable the widespread adoption of encrypting hard drives for laptops and other computers as the explosive growth of laptop PC puts more sensitive personal and business information at risk," said Tom Major, vice president of Personal Compute Business, Seagate. "With this important certification, our system builder and end-user customers can rest assured that Momentus 5400 FDE.2 delivers the full security power of AES."

The Seagate Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (Full Disc Encryption) hard drive uses AES to encrypt all hard drive information transparently and automatically. The hard drive also gives organizations an easy, cost-effective way to repurpose or retire laptops without compromising sensitive information and to comply with the growing number of data privacy laws calling for the protection of consumer information using government-grade encryption.

An independent laboratory conducted the successful certification testing against FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 197. Seagate's certificate -- 587 -- is posted on the NIST web site: csrc.nist.gov/cryptval/aes/aesval.html. FIPS are a set of information processing standards used within government agencies.


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