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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Industry standards body The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has released a specification that bakes some useful security functionality into storage devices. Analysts think it will roll out quickly, given the onerous implications of lost or stolen data. "Vendors are looking for any hook into the security space, and this spec hands them the building blocks," says Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, Milford, MA. Announced in June and dubbed Trusted Storage, the spec offers a unified implementation of security and encryption functions for hard drives, tape drives and other storage media. It's an extension of TCG's Trusted Platform Module and TCG Software Stack, which is built into cryptographic chips that have shipped in more than 200 million PCs and notebooks worldwide. Seagate's Momentus 5400 FDE.2 2.5-inch hard drives, and Hitachi's Travelstar 5K200 and 5K250 2.5-inch laptop hard drives meet the requirements of the specification and are already shipping. The Trusted Storage spec provides three main benefits, according to Oltsik: It ... Access >>>

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