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.
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.
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.
When I attended the Gartner Security & Risk Management summit a couple of weeks ago, I attended a session about Encryption Planning Made Simple. It was a good look at some of the issues facing organizations today and the barriers to the adoption of data encryption solutions.
This week I’ve been in National Harbor, MD attending the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit. As a newcomer to this event, it’s been a whirlwind few days delivering excellent content and insights into key market trends and customer needs.
A few months back we attended an Innovations Showcase event in Seattle where we met with prospective customers and talked about trends in data security. We were at it again yesterday in Detroit and once again, engaged in good dialogue with organizations seeking to strengthen their data security solutions.
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.
As you saw last week, we were pretty busy at FOSE meeting people, shaking hands and talking about data-at-rest security. It was an interesting show to say the least.
Today marks our first day at FOSE – the annual conference for government technology professionals. In today’s increasingly security-sensitive environment, this conference should provide some good insights as to what’s on the mind of folks working in government and how to best work with them.
We’re going to be at Booth #1143 in the Free Expo if you’d like to stop by and chat. Alternatively, I’ll be presenting on Wednesday during one of the free Solution Sessions at 11:15am.
Last week we announced the results of the Ponemon Institute study we commissioned and had co-sponsored by leading industry SED partners. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind readers that next week we’ll be reviewing the data via a webinar we’re hosting on Tuesday, April 30th at 1pm ET.
Last week we held an event in New York City inviting customers and prospective customers to come and learn more about WinMagic. I really enjoy events like these and being able to present to an engaged audience of senior IT executives.