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Seagate, McAfee, Dell Intro Self-Encrypting Drive

Having figured out that the existence of encryption software doesn't actually mean that such systems will be installed and used, hard drive maker
Seagate Technology Inc. (NYSE: STX) has decided to offer a self-encrypting hard drive for notebook computers.

The company on Monday said that it is shipping its new Momentus FDE (full-disk encryption) notebook hard drives, at speeds of 5,400 and 7,200 rpm, in capacities of up to 320 GB, to defend against the possibility of a data breach following the loss or theft of a laptop. A 500-GB model is coming soon.

It also said that
Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL) is shipping a notebook with a 160-GB self-encrypting drive and
McAfee Inc. (NYSE: MFE) ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) management system and endpoint encryption client.

Notebook computers are stolen every 53 seconds and 97% are never recovered, according to the 2007 Annual CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey.

Just last week, two laptops were reportedly stolen from the Tonsler Park voting precinct building in Charlottesville, Va. According to NBC affiliate WVIR, the laptops were encrypted; they contained the names, addresses, and DMV numbers of the approximately 25,000 registered voters in the city.

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