Seagate today announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. federal agency focused on promoting product innovation by establishing standards for government and business, has certified Seagate’s family of enterprise-class Cheetah®, Constellation® and Savvio® drives with Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) technology for use within government systems. The Seagate drives were certified to the FIPS 140-2 standard after being validated by an independent lab accredited by NIST.
With this certification, Seagate becomes the first hard drive maker to have its enterprise-class hard drive portfolio of encrypted drives meet the high security standards needed for sale and availability to U.S. government businesses. Seagate enterprise SEDs, with their 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption technology, are powerful security storage solutions that deliver fully-automated, hardware-based security to make organization-wide encryption key management and authentication easy.
“As information storage consumption in the enterprise continues to grow, the ability to secure that data during all stages of a storage system’s lifecycle becomes increasingly critical,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Product Line Management. “The FIPS 140-2 certification of Seagate’s enterprise products further validates Seagate’s commitment to enabling the widespread adoption of truly government-grade secure storage and help customers protect their sensitive personal and business information.”
“Security is a top priority for our Federal Government organizations,” said Max Peterson, vice president for Dell’s Civilian and Intelligence business. “Together with Seagate, we are focused on providing those organizations with the secure solutions they need to conduct the nation’s business.”