Delkin Blog

Your Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

 

An ever-increasing portion of the world’s data is being stored digitally—from proprietary secrets of major corporations to private text messages between friends. With so much information on data storage devices vulnerable to privacy breaches, it’s necessary to choose an encryption standard that is sufficiently robust to protect all kinds of data. The solution is the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

 

Background of the AES

In 1997, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the commencement of an initiative to develop a new encryption standard, the advanced encryption standard. NIST worked with industry leaders and the cryptographic community to develop this symmetric block cipher. The need for a new encryption standard had become clear when its predecessor, the Data Encryption Standard (DES), had proven itself vulnerable to brute force attacks. The goal for AES was to develop an algorithm capable of protecting classified government information and, on a voluntary basis, the private sector. On November 26, 2001, NIST published AES as the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). In 2002, it officially became the federal government standard in the U.S.

 

Overview of AES Ciphers

The design principle of AES is known as a substitution permutation network, which refers to a series of mathematical operations that are linked. It works by applying multiple rounds or layers of substitution boxes and permutation boxes to plaintext, which produces the ciphertext block. AES features a 128-bit block size. It has three allowable key sizes: 128, 192, and 256. Each cipher is capable of encrypting and decrypting information in block sizes of 128 bits.

 

Benefits of the AES

Over the years, AES has proven itself to be a reliable and effective method of safeguarding sensitive information. Some of the key benefits of using AES include the following:

  • This robust security algorithm may be implemented in both hardware and software.
  • It is resilient against hacking attempts, thanks to its higher-length key sizes (128, 192, and 256 bits).
  • It is an open source solution. Since AES is royalty-free, it remains highly accessible for both the private and public sectors.
  • AES is the most commonly used security protocol today, used for everything from encrypted data storage to wireless communications.

 

However, as powerful as AES is when used on solid state drives (SSDs), it is not entirely foolproof. The user must still exercise reasonable precautions to safeguard data after entering the authorization key (AK).

 

Engineers and OEMs in need of data storage devices equipped with AES can turn to Delkin for an effective solution. We offer a number of encryption-capable options, including the E300 USB, D300 SD, U300 microSD, and A370 mSATA. Contact Delkin today to discuss your application’s requirements.

 

ORDER DELKIN INDUSTRIAL FLASH STORAGE TODAY through our distribution partner Newark.

 

Contact

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Related Posts

FAQs about Conformal Coating Benefits

  Solid state drives (SSDs) and memory cards are inevitably exposed to environmental conditions that...

Delkin Devices Technical Success Stories- Female Engineer- Businesswoman
Customer Success Stories: Evaluating NAND Storage Solutions in Embedded Memory Cards

  For customers shopping for industrial embedded storage solutions, comparing different SLC memory cards is...

Industrial Flash Storage Encryption and Security Features

 For industrial flash storage, data security encryption is a critical consideration. This kind of...

Embedded Systems for Power Applications

  When it comes to applications in the power industry, unreliability is simply not an...

Industrial Flash Storage for Ag Tech Applications

  The agricultural industry is the driving force behind one of the most critical pieces...

Frequently Asked Questions about Industrial USB

USB storage is one of the oldest and most recognizable forms of memory on...

Engineer Reviewing S.M.A.R.T Data
Customer Success Story: Finding the Link Between a Locked BOM, Speed, and Performance

  At Delkin, many of our customers tell us that one of the key features...

Understanding Embedded Memory Systems
Get the Facts about Embedded Memory Design

  Embedded memory drives technology for consumer, commercial, and industrial marketplaces. Virtually every bit of...

Delkin CFexpress
Answering Your Questions about Industrial CFexpress

  The challenge with today’s industrial devices is designing them to meet two competing demands:...

How to Find an Industrial Storage Supplier

Industrial storage suppliers are not all the same. While embedded memory is the norm...