Reasons to Use an Encrypted SSD
For years, programmers and OEMs relied on software to provide encryption for their sensitive data. In recent times, however, there has been a shift toward the use of hardware encryption over software encryption. If you are looking for a robust and rugged flash storage solution that already features secure encryption, look no further than Delkin’s industrial single-level cell (SLC) 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD). This encrypted SSD can withstand extremes in the environment while offering up to 256 GB of superior flash storage.
A Comparison of Software Encryption to Hardware Encryption
The average computer’s storage drive contains a variety of software programs intended for the encryption of sensitive data. As the data are being written to the drive or read from the drive, the software programs encrypt or decrypt the data. However, this method has a few disadvantages. First, the use of software for encryption will slow down the processor. In comparison, the use of built-in hardware encryption, such as with an encrypted SSD, does not affect the computer’s performance. And for many different types of industrial applications, the speed of processing is considered mission critical.
In addition, the use of software for encryption has potential security flaws. It is possible to recover data that have been encrypted. While this is ideal if the operator loses the encryption key, it does present the risk of a data breach. In contrast, encryption performed at the hardware level is far more reliable and robust. It is more difficult for a hacker to steal data from a self-encrypting drive compared to a software-encrypted drive.
The Use of a Hardware Encrypted SSD
The use of a hardware encrypted SSD offers clear benefits to OEMs who need reliable data security without compromising system performance. These encrypted SSDs use the standard encryption technology, which is called the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). AES is considered to be the gold standard in encryption technology. It is a symmetric block cipher that was developed with a transparent, rigorous review process. AES is so reliable that it was chosen by the U.S. government to protect classified information.
The hardware engineers at Delkin understand the importance of data security for modern manufacturers and other businesses. We invite OEMs to get in touch with our Customer Applications team to discuss how our industrial SLC 2.5-inch SSD can work for your industrial application. This robust flash storage device features reliable AES-XTS encryption for greater peace of mind.
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