SEDs, Sleep and Hibernation

I have written about the security implications of using sleep with encrypted drives in the past  and have offered both short term and longer term solutions that would allow users to use sleep under some conditions and not risk (too much) a data breach.   Today I am writing to offer another, common sense, alternative: Just don’t use sleep because you don’t really need it.

Opal, Opalite & Pyrite Self-Encrypting Drives (SED)

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.

Is that laptop worth $7 million?

One of the key examples I use when talking about the importance of data encryption is the value of the data that could potentially be exposed. Is a $900 laptop worth the $1 million or more of liability potential if it’s unencrypted and lost or stolen? It turns out I was wrong – the average settlement is much higher, and that’s a good thing.