Seagate Technology have introduced the Maxtor BlackArmour encrypting storage solution that provides AES government-grade encryption protection against unauthorised access to valuable and private information. The Maxtor BlackArmour solution is a portable storage device that delivers the confidence and reliability of robust security in a compact consumer-friendly design.

Designed for those who have valuable information they wish to keep secure and private, the new Maxtor BlackArmour product is an attractive, portable solution that provides unparalleled security for direct attached storage devices. Using Seagate Secure technology, Maxtor’s BlackArmour drive is designed to keep data locked up and protected in the event of loss or theft. Seagate Secure technology is a hardware-based encryption, making the encryption transparent to the user and free of complicated installation and use procedures required by software based security.

The Maxtor BlackArmour external storage solution uses a government-grade AES encryption certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to deliver the strongest commercially available data security available for external storage. The Maxtor BlackArmour product provides transparent, real-time encryption of all the data on the device, not just selected files; providing performance and ease of use advantages over manual software-based security controls.

The BlackArmour product also puts all security keys and cryptographic operations within the device, delivering stronger protection against hacking and tampering than traditional software alternatives. The BlackArmour product’s key encryption technology can also securely wipe out the data for simple, cost-effective redeployment or disposal of the product – an important capability for organizations of all sizes.

The introduction of the Maxtor BlackArmour solution comes as growing reports of compromised computer information continue to alarm consumers, underscoring the growing need for storage solutions that provide security and privacy for personal information. Since January 2005, more than 215 million computer records have been compromised, many the direct result of a lost or stolen desktop or laptop system or hard drive, USB thumb drive, smart phone or CD, according to The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer information and advocacy organisation.

Pricing

Built for those who are serious about data protection, the elegantly designed BlackArmour external storage solution is a compact package weighing only 208g with dimensions of 131mm in length, 84mm wide and 16.5 mm depth. The BlackArmour product interfaces with the computer over a USB 2.0 connection.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $179 AUD for 160GB and $259.00 AUD for 320GB. Maxtor BlackArmour also includes the award-winning Maxtor Manager software suite from the popular OneTouch 4 product family. The software includes capabilities such as automated back up and multiple computer synchronisation.
Source: Maxtor