This year (2015) the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Storage Work Group (SWG) published two new specifications derived from the Opal SED specification called Opalite and Pyrite. You may already be familiar with the benefits of using an Opal SED vs software encryption in your laptops and desktops, but are puzzled as to why there are 2 new standards. Perhaps you even wonder if they would be a better fit for your needs than Opal.
The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) published the Opal 2.0 specification for SEDs in Feb 2012 so this isn’t a new topic. However, now that most of the drive manufacturers that supported Opal 1.0 now have, or will soon have, Opal 2.0 drives I have been getting more inquiries about the differences between them.
On Tuesday, I mentioned we’d be making an announcement today related to Self Encrypting Drives (SEDs) and as promised, here are the details.
The TCG is hosting its annual security workshop at the RSA Security Conference on Mon Feb 25th in San Francisco. I have attended for the last 5 years and always found the panels and speakers well worth the time invested to attend.
Learning a multiplicity of acronyms is pretty much a requirement for navigating any discipline. Every field has its own set of acronyms and the sequence of 3 or 4 letters that usually make up the acronym most likely has a completely different meaning from discipline to discipline. Even within a discipline it is common to see the acronyms muddled together.