Using technology from Wave Systems, Samsung on Thursday launched a solid state disk (SSD) with a capacity of up to 256GB and full-disk encryption.
Available in a 1.8in and 2.5in form factors the disk the SDD comes in 256,128, and 64GB capacities.
They are amongst the first SSDs to feature full-disk encryption the company said in a statement. The most common form of encryption is software based, while full-disk encryption is hardware based. When implemented on an SSD it means that the encryption should be completely contained on the SSD and so it is never held in the operating system or the applications software where it is easier to interfere with.
Other benefits include Wave Systems' management software, Embassy Trusted Drive Manager which offers remote management.
Wave also said it has life cycle management of the drive including pre-boot authentication of the drive, drive administrators and users. Trusted Drive Manager also offers backup of a drive's credentials.
Again on Thursday, Dell announced that it will be offering the Samsung SSD. It gave scant details but said in a statement that it believed Samsung and Wave were offering "one of the most effective ways to secure data" and that the SSD was delivering "some of the fastest encrypted storage available".