Software-based full disk encryption (FDE) technologies have been widely adopted to protect data stored on computing devices, most often laptops or desktops.
NVMe technology had a big presence at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), held in San Francisco of September this year. There were products and demonstrations from about a dozen leading vendors including Intel and Micron. I also attended quite a few sessions, but the one on NVMe was the only one that was overflowing with people.
In my last blog on computer forensics I addressed the question: does software Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Thwart Computer Forensics? To recap, a software encrypted drive could prevent effective forensics. However, if you have enterprise key management and forensics software that can interface with it to get the media encryption key (MEK) then it doesn’t have to be any more challenging than doing forensics on an unencrypted drive.