SECUDE is working with Fujitsu for premier FDE technology

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 28, 2009 - Zurich, Switzerland – SECUDE International AG is working with Fujitsu Computer products of America, Inc. (Fujitsu) to provide Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Storage Work Group (SWG) compliant Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) based on the Opal Security Subsystem Class (SSC) specification. Commercial notebook users and storage administrators are given an encryption solution that helps safeguard data in the event of system theft or loss. FinallySecure in conjunction with Fujitsu TCG-Opal FDE HDDs allows users hardware-based Full Disk Encryption for added security and better performance. These new HDDs give businesses the option to encrypt data either with software or hardware-based FDE and provide a smooth migration to hardware-based FDE.

    "What makes the Fujitsu FDE solution special is that the product leverages a stronger 256-bit AES key, whereas competitive offerings only support a 128-bit key," said David James, Vice president, Advanced product engineering, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "By combining our hardware-based encryption technology with the FinallySecure Enterprise software from SECUDE, we are able to deliver an incredibly secure, managed mobile-computing solution."

    The use of encryption technology is growing rapidly, as notebooks continue to emerge as the primary PC for the home and office. Because they are frequently used as a repository for sensitive personal and business information, guarding against system theft and loss is of primary importance. The high cost of identity theft looms large for consumers, while corporations are at risk of data breaches that could result in legal action and significant expense.

    “In an era of increased risks, data security requires strong partnerships,“ said Tristan Kromer, Vice President of Data Protection Division, SECUDE, “By working with storage providers like Fujitsu, we’re able to bring a new generation of data protection technology to our customers, reduce uncertainty, and lower cost. A stolen laptop can even be erased remotely, leaving data thieves with nothing but used hardware.”

    Fujitsu builds the encryption function into the disk drive and FDE is enabled even before shipping the disk drive. However, key management remains a major issue, just as it is with any encryption scheme. FinallySecure Enterprise is an effective key management and recovery system which allows for robust administrator control over all aspects of data security.
    The Fujitsu TCG-Opal FDE technology allows secure erase of confidential and proprietary information stored on the drive. By erasing the key used for encryption, all of the data is effectively lost, making it easy for users or administrators to redeploy or retire the HDD. If the HDD is used again, a new, unique encryption key is generated and new data will be written over the old, unreadable data.

    The FinallySecure software provides total data-at-rest protection by combining hardware and software-based technologies, in accordance with the TCG Opal specification. FinallySecure offers migration from single user to enterprise and software to hardware, all with central management.

    Fujitsu TCG-Opal FDE HDD

    The 2.5-inch HDD is the first technology in the world to meet the Opal Security Subsystem Class (SSC) specification. This specification is published today by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Storage Work Group (SWG).

    The Fujitsu FDE HDD will feature encryption functions and advanced security features built directly into the hardware of the HDD, providing the following significant benefits to users and corporations needing strong data protection:

    • Hardware based security. There are no dependencies on operating system software for security of the encryption keys and access credentials, as is the case for software encryption alternatives.
    • High performance encryption. FDE drives operate at the same speed as non-encryption HDDs with no impact to host CPU performance.
    • Ease of use. Single sign-on and password synchronization makes the solution invisible to users.
    • Minimum IT support. For IT administrators there are no alterations to the operating system so all system tools and applications process normally. As an additional benefit, FDE drives can be completely set up, operated and audited remotely.

    Fujitsu is working closely with SECUDE to build sophisticated features into its FDE solution. The TCG-based Fujitsu HDD provides system administrators the capabilities of remote configuration, feature rich authentication, lost password recovery, multi-user support and separation of administrative and user roles. SECUDE has designed its FinallySecure Enterprise to be compatible with TCG Opal-compliant hard drives, giving IT managers the ability to implement security solutions based on an industry standard.

    About SECUDE

    SECUDE International AG is a market leader in SAP Security and End-to-End Data Protection, delivering a higher level of IT Security to organizations around the world. SECUDE is a member of SECUDE AG and was founded in 1996 out of a partnership between SAP AG and the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, we have a world-wide partner and customer base and with offices in Europe, USA, Asia, and the Middle East.

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    About Fujitsu

    Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.

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    About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

    Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, California, and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, broadcast video products, palm vein recognition technology and 10Gb Ethernet switches. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. is located at 1255 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-746-7000.

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    jbaker ( @ ) us dot fujitsu dot com

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