Samsung PM810 Solid State Drive Earns Major Security Certificate

Paul Lilly

You can take off your aluminum foil deflector beanie , the bad guys aren't interested in what you have stored on your PC. That is, unless you work in the enterprise, in which case data thieves looking to swipe company secrets are a real threat. You may wish to know that Samsung's PM810 solid state drive (SSD) just attained Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) validation for conformance to the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 based on the drive model's heightened data security.

We realize we just dropped a bunch of acronyms that sound Greek to the typical home user, but short and sweet, validation for NIST FIPS 140-2 is a set of widely acknowledged cryptography requirements that lets enterprise users know a drive is secure. The PM810 qualifies, in part, because it utilizes 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) built into the controller hardware instead of relying on software encryption. Management and security policies are also baked into the drive's firmware.

"With what is apparently the first FIPS 140-2 validation for an SSD, Samsung’s SSDs solidify their position as one of the best storage solutions in the world, in satisfying high security requirements, as well as meeting demanding performance and reliability needs," said Myungho Kim , vice president of memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung will help the premium SSD market continue to grow rapidly by providing significant product differentiation, as its SSDs extend their feature set, their usability and their breadth of applications."

If the drive falls into the wrong hands, its Crypto Erase technology deletes targeted data in a matter of seconds no matter how much information is stored on the SSD. It's sort of the equivalent to having a mind erased by the Haitian via Heroes (anymore remember that show?). And it thwarts attempts to restore deleted data or read data off of NAND flash chips plucked from the drive.

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