Flash Storage Encryption
Every file stored on a flash device is important, but some information requires more than a basic level of security. For many military and industrial applications, information is so sensitive that it must be protected from outside intrusion through encryption. With flash storage encryption, any data that falls into the wrong hands will not be readable, providing an additional layer of security for your sensitive data. Encrypting the data on your flash storage device will give you peace of mind that all of your information is secure. Here is what you need to know.
What is flash storage encryption?
At a basic level, encryption is the process of transforming data into a format that cannot be read. To decode the data, a user would need to know a password or how to follow an internal process for translating the encrypted information. Encryption became a central issue in flash memory because of the explosion in popularity of solid state drives (SSDs) over hard disk drives (HDDs). Although SSDs offer several advantages over HDDs, one issue of concern for many users has been data security. Adding encryption—as well as secure erase features—has resolved these concerns about flash memory security.
Does all flash memory use the same kind of encryption?
There are many different types of encryption software that can be used with a flash memory device. Despite the wide range of software options, the most common form of encryption used in flash storage is a hardware encryption system called AES, or Advanced Encryption Standard. AES translates data into blocks of symmetric encryption of varying bit sizes, depending on the specific hardware design. AES has remained more popular than software solutions because it doesn’t slow down the flash memory device like software does.
Who needs flash storage with encryption?
There are many different reasons to consider flash storage with encryption. Retail businesses or any company that collects sensitive information about customers should keep their data encrypted. Encryption is also essential for many applications used in healthcare technologies and transportation. For military and government devices, encryption is critical for protecting sensitive information, and can be used alongside other security features, like secure erase technology.
Delkin understands the unique data protection needs of industrial customers. That’s why we offer flash memory solutions for a wide range of differing needs. Talk to a member of our customer applications team today to learn more about flash storage encryption.
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