Over the last 30 years, Seagate has positioned itself as one of the most stable, ingenious and reliable hard drive manufacturers for desktops, laptops, netbooks, enterprise servers and more. Amongst some of the many firsts in the industry, Seagate has made phenomenal strides in introducing various products including solid state hybrid drives, 6Gb/s SAS Enterprise Drives, world’s thinnest hard drives for slim laptops, including the latest success story of one of the most cost effective self encrypting drives as a security measure, for implementation by companies, saving sensitive data from getting into unwanted hands from lost or damaged hard drives.

Seagate initially launched these self encrypting drives (SEDs) in the year 2006, winning massive acclaim from various sectors of the industry. On a commercial basis, Seagate first announced the supply of enterprise class, self encrypting drives, worldwide to various system builders and value added resellers in September 2009. September 2010 saw the announcement of this groundbreaking self encrypting hard drive with Seagate getting the prestigious FIPS 140-2 certification from the U.S. government. This cleared and paved the way for deployment of the self encrypting drives by all U.S. and Canadian Federal Agencies, many state and local governments besides many a regulated industry like defense, finance, healthcare and other sensitive information based corporations.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, certification agency for the FIPS 140 – 2 strengthens and more than acknowledges Seagate’s Security Standards Policies and commitments to industry. With the massive IT boom and technological explosion, with more and more portable devices like laptops, notebooks and netbooks, making their way into markets, a phenomenal amount of sensitive business information and personal information, stands at risk of leak and loss.

The use of SEDs provide businesses with data protection against security risks. The use of SEDs ensures that data is protected at the critical stages of a system’s life cycle. The Seagate Momentus drive, with the built-in encryption standard AES Chip proved to be one of the most cost-effective methods against unauthorized access to sensitive data, on various computers, storage servers and a range of other media using the hard disk as a storage medium.

SEDs keep all security keys and cryptographic operations within the drive, separating them from the operating system to provide greater protection against hacking and tampering. The 1 million mark of SED hard drives by Seagate is a phenomenal achievement.