Seagate Delivers Industry's Strongest Security for ASI Laptop Computers

Mar 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from Seagate Technology LLC

    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
 enterprise deployments.
     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
 government-grade encryption.
     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
     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
     About Seagate
     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
     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.

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