Seagate Technology is shipping Momentus 5400 FDE.2, the world’s strongest encrypting 2,5-inch notebook PC hard drive. 

The drives, complete with a comprehensive suite of security capabilities, are being used by ASI Computer Technologies for secure notebook systems that will feature Wave Systems security management software to simplify enterprise deployments.
Seagate’s Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (Full Disc Encryption) hard drive features perpendicular recording technology to deliver up to 160Gb of capacity, a fast Serial ATA interface, and hardware-based AES encryption, a government-grade security protocol used to encrypt all hard drive information transparently and automatically, preventing unauthorised access to data on lost or stolen laptops.
The encrypting hard drive also gives organizations an easy way to repurpose or retire laptops without compromising sensitive information and to comply with the growing number of data privacy laws calling for the protection of consumer information using government-grade encryption.
ASI Computer Technologies will offer the drive in its new ASI C8015 whitebook system. For additional security, the ASI C8015, expected to be available as soon as April, will feature a biometric fingerprint reader for stronger user authentication. The laptop will target healthcare, legal, finance, government and other industries requiring strong protection of information stored on laptop PCs.
“Computer security is a growing concern for all of our channel customers, though fear of stolen laptops is especially acute,” says Kent Tibbils senior director of Platform Technologies and Marketing at ASI. “And for good reason: the theft of intellectual property, customer information and other precious content stored on laptops can cost organizations dearly in legal remedies and customer retention, to say nothing of the considerable cost of restoring one’s good name.
"Seagate’s Momentus 5400 FDE.2 hard drive with the Wave Systems management software allows ASI to deliver notebooks with the strongest, easiest to deploy security available.”
The ASI C8015 will feature Wave Systems Embassy Security Center’s Trusted Drive Manager, software that simplifies setup and configuration of Momentus 5400 FDE.2 drives. Trusted Drive Manager also makes it easy for administrators and users to create and back up passwords, and for administrators to control hard drive policies and security settings. The software also leverages Seagate’s DriveTrust Technology to allow administrators to instantly and easily erase all data cryptographically so the drive can be safely redeployed or discarded.
Seagate DriveTrust Technology is a new security platform that combines strong, fully automated hardware-based security with a programming foundation that makes it easy to add security-based software applications for organization-wide encryption key management, multi-factor user authentication and other capabilities that help lock down digital information at rest.
“The inherently secure hardware of the hard drive provides the ideal cryptographic environment where encryption keys and access control data are safeguarded from software attacks,” says Lark Allen, executive vice-president of Wave Systems. “In a major step forward for data protection, Wave’s Trusted Drive Manager and Seagate DriveTrust Technology provide a new, highly secure pre-boot capability that authenticates users to their system, protecting data at rest from risks associated with loss of the notebook.”
Strong laptop data security is increasingly important as the adoption of notebook PCs continues to soar and more notebooks are used to store sensitive personal and business information. Lost or stolen notebook PCs can cost companies millions of dollars in compromised trade secrets and intellectual property and threaten consumers with the high cost of identify theft, yet many laptops remain unprotected.
A recent Ponemon Institute study found that 35% of all computer data breaches involved lost laptops or other digital devices. In the institute’s 2005 National Encryption Survey, the chief reasons organizations cited for not encrypting sensitive or confidential information were concern about system performance (69%), complexity (44%) and cost (25%).