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Toshiba Wipe Auto Decimates Your Encrypted Data

Toshiba Wipe Auto Decimates Your Encrypted Data

Toshiba today announced a new self-encrypting disk technology that promises to nuke your sensitive data should it fall into the wrong hands. It's called "Wipe Technology," a proprietary suite of security functions that add a new layer of protection to data storage and IT equipment. Using Toshiba's Wipe technology, users can determine a range of security settings that fit their paranoia level, including invalidation of encryption keys and deleting data when a drive is removed from its housing or connected to an unauthorized host system.


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Wipe Technology essentially adds a third layer of protection, the three levels being:
  1. Invalidation of all data by the system.
    This invalidates all data. This feature is designed for use prior to system disposal or re-purposing to ensure that private data never leaves the control of the responsible business unit or IT department.
  2. Invalidation of data on powering down.
    The HDD encryption key is automatically invalidated when the drive's power supply is turned off. If a Wipe Technology SED drive is removed from a system, it can be set to invalidate all data on the drive.
  3. Invalidation of data when the equipment is connected to an unauthorized system (The new technology which was  added this time).
    When an SED HDD is inserted into a system it triggers "challenge response" authentication to confirm the system is known to the HDD. If the authentication fails, the HDD automatically deletes the encryption key. This level counteracts attempts to read a drive by physically removing it from a secure host system and installing it in another system.
Right now the technology is only available on Toshiba's Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) line, though the company said the next step will be porting it over to solid state drives (SSDs).
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Maybe the porn industrie may have some use for these hard drive disk technology if their porn gear gets ripped off from their servers...

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I wonder how good of a job it does?

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Well if it is using a higher level encription, and it deletes the (only copy) of the encryption key, I would say that it is very effective.

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I would hope it does a good deal better than decimate.

I suspect you mean obliterate?

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I would hope it doesn't glitch up... lol. And what if i forgot i had set the security and... i move it to a new comp xD

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Reading this article I imagined an evil guy complete with dastardly mustache. "You will never secure the launch codes...for I have Toshiba Wipe!!!!!" I don't imagine I would go out of my way to use this but it would make a lot of people feel a little more secure about their data.

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Can't help wondering if Toshiba is building in pathways which authorise «law enforcement» and in that case, whose «law enforcement» ?...

Henri

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This seems like something that will be very attractive to corporate customers, not that it won't be t a general customer, but just more to the corporate part of the market. From what I can tell it does obliterate it, and the refresh lost function from a server anywhere makes it very attractive really to anyone.

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I love the idea of this being in copy machines. Most of the documents you copy/scan on a copy machine are left as remnants on the hard disc drive until they are overwritten. Being able to overwrite the data without smashing the disk with a hammer would be nice.

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I see a definite use for this in the corporate space, particularly since the drive can counteract read attempts if it's been removed from the host system.

I also like omegadraco's idea of using this in copy machines.

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This sounds really cool. I'll never have to worry about safe browsing again

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