Düsseldorf, 25th March 2014 – Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced its mobile-grade thin 7mm hard disk drive (HDD) with self-encrypting technology has been validated to U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2). The MQ01ABUxxxBW series is the first Toshiba self-encrypting drive (SED) validated to the FIPS 140-2 standard and includes Toshiba’s unique wipe technology, which automatically erases data when an HDD is accessed by an unregistered system.
As a result of the FIPS validation, the MQ01ABUxxxBW series is now available for use in government systems and other highly regulated and security-sensitive storage applications.
Toshiba’s SED models are designed to the Trusted Computing Group’s (TCG) industry-standard “Opal” Security Sub-Classification. This globally accepted standard, implements protocols created to help IT managers, security management application providers and client security professionals manage data security and prevent potentially damaging and costly breaches to sensitive information. In addition, the FIPS-validated model provides tamper-evident labelling for additional security.
Unlike software-based encryption products, SEDs perform encryption securely within the drive’s hardware at full interface speeds. This helps to improve system performance versus software encryption, which performs encryption as a background software task that can negatively impact user productivity. In addition, SED use eliminates the need for a “re-encryption” cycle during initial client configuration.
The SEDs encryption functionality cannot be disabled - decreasing the risk that security practices required by policy for legal compliance might be put at risk by end-user actions. The SED wipe technology also ensures systems can be easily and securely cryptographically erased to protect against data breaches when systems are retired from service, re-deployed or returned to a 3rd party service provider.
The MQ01ABUxxxBW series is currently shipping. For more information on this model’s FIPS 140-2 validation, please reference certificate number 2082 and visit the US NIST CMVP website at: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/validation.html#01
For more information on Toshiba’s portfolio of industry-leading solid state drives, hard disk drives and SSHDs, visit http://www.storage.toshiba.eu .
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 One megabyte (1MB) = 1,000,000 bytes, One gigabyte (1GB) = 1,000,000,000 bytes, One terabyte (1TB) = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes
About Toshiba Electronics Europe
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry's broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs and ASSPs for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as storage products like HDDs, SSDs, SD Cards and USB sticks.
TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.
For more company information visit TEE’s web site at www.toshiba-components.com
Toshiba Corporation is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US$61 billion.
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