Author: 
Tom Coughlin
forbes.com
Monday, October 15, 2012

Wave Systems, a pioneer in enabling Self Encrypted Drives (SEDs), is furthering network support of self-encrypted storage devices.  In August the company announced cloud-based management for SEDs with its Wave Cloud service.  This subscription service offers cloud-based management of enterprise-wide SEDs.  Thus encrypted drive key management can be offered as an on-line service, eliminated the cost and complexity of implementing key management for laptops and other storage devices.  A service like this makes enterprise class key management available even to small and medium size companies and will increase the drive to implement and manage self-encrypting drives.

The Trusted Computing Group Storage Technical Working Group has been leading the digital storage industry in the introduction of storage security built into individual storage devices.   This group has created standard for encrypted storage devices for consumer as well as enterprise applications with its OPAL and now enterprise secure-storage device standards.  The TCG standards cover various SEDs such as hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs).