SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Seagate
Technology (NYSE: STX) today announced that Momentus(R) 5400 FDE.2, the
world's strongest encrypting 2.5-inch notebook PC hard drive with a
comprehensive suite of powerful security capabilities, is shipping to ASI
Computer Technologies for secure notebook systems that will feature Wave
Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: WAVX) security management software to simplify
Seagate's Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (Full Disc Encryption) hard drive
features perpendicular recording technology to deliver up to 160GB of
capacity, a fast Serial ATA interface, and hardware-based AES encryption, a
government-grade security protocol used to encrypt all hard drive
information transparently and automatically, preventing unauthorized access
to data on lost or stolen laptops. The encrypting hard drive also gives
organizations an easy 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
ASI Computer Technologies, a leading channel provider of laptop PCs,
will offer the drive in its new ASI C8015 whitebook system. For additional
security, the ASI C8015, expected to be available as soon as April, will
feature a biometric fingerprint reader for stronger user authentication.
The laptop will target healthcare, legal, finance, government and other
industries requiring strong protection of information stored on laptop PCs.
"Computer security is a growing concern for all of our channel
customers, though fear of stolen laptops is especially acute," said Kent
Tibbils ASI senior director of Platform Technologies and Marketing. "And
for good reason: the theft of intellectual property, customer information
and other precious content stored on laptops can cost organizations dearly
in legal remedies and customer retention, to say nothing of the
considerable cost of restoring one's good name. Seagate's Momentus 5400
FDE.2 hard drive with the Wave Systems management software allows ASI to
deliver notebooks with the strongest, easiest to deploy security
The ASI C8015 will feature Wave Systems Embassy Security Center's
Trusted Drive Manager, software that simplifies setup and configuration of
Momentus 5400 FDE.2 drives. Trusted Drive Manager also makes it easy for
administrators and users to create and back up passwords, and for
administrators to control hard drive policies and security settings. The
software also leverages Seagate's DriveTrust Technology to allow
administrators to instantly and easily erase all data cryptographically so
the drive can be safely redeployed or discarded.
Seagate DriveTrust Technology is a powerful new 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.
"The inherently secure hardware of the hard drive provides the ideal
cryptographic environment where encryption keys and access control data are
safeguarded from software attacks," said Lark Allen, executive vice
president, Wave Systems. "In a major step forward for data protection,
Wave's Trusted Drive Manager and Seagate DriveTrust Technology provide a
new, highly secure pre-boot capability that authenticates users to their
system, protecting data at rest from risks associated with loss of the
Momentus 5400 FDE.2 -- Locking down notebook PC data
Strong laptop data security is increasingly important as the adoption
of notebook PCs continues to soar and more notebooks are used to store
sensitive personal and business information. Lost or stolen notebook PCs
can cost companies millions of dollars in compromised trade secrets and
intellectual property and threaten consumers with the high cost of identify
theft, yet many laptops remain unprotected. A recent Ponemon Institute
study found that 35% of all computer data breaches involved lost laptops or
other digital devices. In the institute's 2005 National Encryption Survey,
the chief reasons organizations cited for not encrypting sensitive or
confidential information were concern about system performance (69%),
complexity (44%) and cost (25%).
Momentus 5400 FDE.2 provides an easy, cost-effective way to prevent
unauthorized access to all notebook PC data, not just selected files or
partitions, in case the system or disc drive is lost, stolen, retired or
resold. The 5,400-RPM drive's hardware-based full disc encryption delivers
significantly stronger protection against hacking and tampering than
traditional encryption approaches by securely performing all cryptographic
operations and key management within the drive.
About ASI Computer Technology
ASI Corporation is a global IT component and systems distributor with
over $1.2 billion in revenue. With 24 locations world wide and over 20
years' market experience, ASI is a leader in providing customers with the
latest technology and computer-based solutions including a full line of
custom-built notebooks designed to address the needs of this growing market
segment. ASI is dedicated to working with its manufacturing partners to
deliver technology that provides system integrators with unique solutions
that give them the ability to add value through product differentiation.
For more information about ASI, visit http://www.asipartner.com.
About Wave Systems Corp.
Consumers and businesses are demanding a computing environment that is
more trusted, private, safe and secure. Wave is a leader in delivering
trusted computing applications and services with advanced products,
infrastructure and solutions across multiple trusted platforms from a
variety of vendors. Wave holds a portfolio of significant fundamental
patents in security and e- commerce applications and employs some of the
world's leading security systems architects and engineers. For more
information about Wave, visit http://www.wave.com.
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and
marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of
applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer
Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages
technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver
industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be
the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company
is committed to providing award- winning products, customer support and
reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage.
Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.
NOTE: Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered
trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Momentus is a trademark or registered
trademark of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All
other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their
respective owners. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when
referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on
operating environment and formatting.
SOURCE Seagate Technology LLC