Imation addresses storage device-level security

By Dave Simpson

– Imation has added security technology – including encryption and authentication – to protect data "at rest" on the company's external disk drives, USB flash drives and optical discs.

The Defender Collection of devices meets international standards for encryption, including FIPS 140-2 (Levels 1 or 3, depending on device type).

In addition to FIPS certification, Imation's Defender Optical line includes one-factor authentication (password) for CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs, and the Defender H100 and H200 hard drives include 256-bit hardware encryption and password authentication. The H200 drives also include biometric fingerprinting (authentication).

The security features will be phased in across the various device types over the May-June time frame. In each case, options include anti-virus and centralized management software.

Imation partnered with two security specialists: MXI Security and Encryptx. For example, the Defender Collection includes MXI's Bluefly processor in the USB flash and external hard drives. And Imation's optical devices include EncrypDisc AES 256-bit encryption and burning technology.

The Defender Collection adds to Imation's existing line of security products for tape, including the DataGuard rf Tape Tracking System, DataGuard Transportation and Storage Cases, SecureScan for LTO tape cartridges and DataGuard GPS (which is currently available only in Europe).

In explaining the need for securing data "at rest," Imation officials cite a number of statistics: For example, U.S. companies lose more than $45 billion annually due to data breaches, and the average cost per breach is more than $6.6 million, according to the Ponemon Institute. And 75% of the U.S. workforce will be mobile by 2011, according to IDC.

This article was originally published on May 04, 2010