Federal agencies require and define the highest data security standards

“Secure data storage is a universal need — but organizations like federal agencies face additional pressures when it comes to security, encryption and ensuring data is accessible to only those who should have access,” says Deb Oliver, president, Seagate Government Solutions.

Indeed security is a widespread concern in enterprise data centers and the world of data management at large, and Seagate today announced its portfolio hard drives and solid-state drives, designed to meet stringent federal security standards, now integrate with advanced encryption key management software and services from Fornetix, LLC. The integration gives federal government agencies another line of defense against external and internal cybersecurity threats by providing a more secure and easier way to manage and ensure data encryption.

“Seagate has a long history of providing technologies that meet the most stringent security standards, and our integration with Fornetix extends this commitment by deepening the security we provide down to the key management level,” says Oliver.

Led by the Seagate Government Solutions (SGS) team, the Fornetix integration involves Seagate drives that meet Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 140-2 (FIPS PUB140-2) requirements, a U.S. government computer security standard used for approving cryptographic modules. The Seagate FIPS PUB140-2 drives now integrate with Fornetix Key™ Orchestration products and services, which help manage the digital keys found on drives that help secure data. The resulting combination makes it easier to dynamically manage and re-key drives as needed — an often cumbersome and difficult process — without compromising data security.

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“Our secure key management, coupled with Seagate’s experience securely managing data from the drive to the systems level, provides users with a set of technology tools that make data encryption more affordable, secure and easier to manage,” says Jack Wright, chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer, Fornetix, LLC.

“We’re excited to team up with Fornetix, and to share and discuss the strengths of the technologies with Fornetix in their booth at the RSA Conference this week,” says Oliver. “We think it’s important to enable faster market adoption of products that are FIPS 140-2 compliant in the rapidly expanding market for data-at-rest encryption.”

“Fornetix is teaming up with Seagate to help expand the level of data encryption capabilities we’re able to offer the federal government and other organizations,” agrees Wright.

The FIPS PUB140-2-compliant Seagate drives are also compatible with storage appliances and systems such as Seagate’s ClusterStor® Secure Data Appliance, a product developed specifically for the federal market and which enable tens of thousands of users with different security classifications to connect to a single-server storage environment with exactly the right access. The inclusion of FIPS PUB140-2 drives with Fornetix key orchestration products adds another layer of encryption-based security to meet federal data-management needs without the additional overhead traditionally associated with added encryption tools.

The integrated Seagate and Fornetix products are also part of the Multilevel Security (MLS) Ecosystem, a joint effort in collaboration with multiple organizations to address data-security requirements for the federal government. The products comply with the MLS Ecosystem’s framework of integrated, automated technology that enables secure workflow for government customers, eliminating costly data stovepipes while accommodating various levels of security clearance from a single storage platform.

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