Data Protection with Encryption
Advanced Encryption Methods
TCG OPAL 2.0 software
Firmware Level Security for SSDs and NAND products
Solid-State Drives have proven to be the replacement for HDDs. Therefore, it’s inevitable that SSDs should have an encryption feature to prevent data loss at all costs. Such a drive is also called a Self Encrypting Drive (SED). Considering the SSDs, the host data travels through the controller and firmware for the inbound and outbound data stream with no close communication between the software defenses and device firmware. Hence, it opens loopholes for cyber-threats that can bypass the software defense and attack the firmware. Therefore, SSDs need security at the firmware level, as neither hardware level nor software level security suffices for the protection of data stored in an SSD.
Flexxon Encryption Algorithms
Flexxon also uses the most advanced encryption algorithms other than the standard algorithms. Many of Flexxon’s products like USBs are AES-XTS 256-bit, RSA 2048-bit, SHA 256-bit, and RoHS compliant. Many of our NAND IC storage solutions support AES/TCG OPAL encryption.
Intelligent Destruction in Military Grade SSD
Apart from encryption, another security layer can be added to extremely sensitive information, called the intelligent destruction. Intelligent Destruction is a data destruction feature for military grade SSDs. FLEXXON 2.5 SATA 3 SSD supports Intelligent Destruction, which could destroy all the data quickly and completely. This feature is handy for use in sensitive operations like military grade operations, and SSDs with this feature can quickly erase all drive data upon captivity. No information will be accessible or usable in case the SSD falls into wrong hands. How does it work? The P13 pin on the SATA connector is defined as an intelligent destruction trigger signal. In a low-level pulse of the width of at least 2s, the data destruction process is executed at any working status of SSD. The data cannot be recovered after intelligent destruction but the SSD can be reused after running a format operation. P14 is defined as monitoring pin during the intelligent destruction. The data destruction process can be viewed by connecting a LED to the positive power supply. It is important to note that the Intelligent destruction is an irreversible process. Once it is performed on a drive, the erased content is unrecoverable. In some cases, the Intelligent destruction process might be interrupted by an unexpected power cycle of the SSD but the process will restart once SSD power is resumed.
Why Encryption Alone isn’t Enough!
On the other hand, social engineering, phishing, poor password practice, internal data theft, forgetting to update software patches, lost or stolen devices, etc. are some common reasons for cybersecurity breaches. Around 21% of data breaches occur due to lost or stolen devices and internal data theft. On the contrary, no security solution in the market offers physical protection that is crucial in lowering the rate of cybercrimes and data theft.
This is precisely why AI-embedded cybersecurity solutions are needed for physical protection of data as well. Artificial intelligence can serve as a barrier between your data and the cybercriminal.
Next Generation NAND Storage Devices
This leads to the next generation of NAND storage devices; with embedded intelligent, holistic, and easy-to-use cybersecurity solutions that ensure the highest levels of protection. With AI embedded at the firmware level, this revolutionary innovation delivers real-time AI protection to detect and defend against the ever-growing cyber threats worldwide, to provide users with a much better cyber security posture.
Real-Time Data Protection with X-PHY® SSD
For this purpose, we designed our X-PHY® SSD with an encryption feature at the firmware level to thwart all cyber attacks while the data securely resides in the SSD. The encryption is introduced to ensure that in case of a cyber attack or a physical attack, an SSD should be able to defend itself at the firmware level. It should be able to lock and protect the data stored in it instead of giving it all up to cyber criminals. With this ability, SSDs help enable real-time data protection against all sorts of known and unknown malware and ransomware, as well as against hardware and physical attacks.
How Does X-PHY® SSD Work?
The X-PHY® SSD is the first-ever standalone embedded firmware controlled AI cybersecurity SSD at the NAND storage level to prohibit cyber threats and reduce dependency on the vulnerable software. This embedded cybersecurity solution uses advanced AI Co-Processor Quantum Engine that revolutionizes the AI Embedded cybersecurity storage facilities. It can quickly encrypt data when a threat is suspected to prevent data access for criminals and unauthorized people. In extreme cases, it can also be enabled for intelligent destruction of data to avoid data theft.
If you’d like to discuss your options at Flexxon, or if you want to consult with an expert, get in touch and we’d be happy to assist you.
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