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Toshiba And Intel To Demonstrate vPro Technology With TCG Opal-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives At IDF 2009

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), will showcase its Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal-compliant Self Encrypting Drives (SEDs) in a demonstration highlighting secure access and remote management using the Intel vPro(TM) technology platform during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, September 22-24, 2009.

As corporate governance requirements, government regulations and other industry mandates for stronger data protection increase, TCG Opal-compliant SEDs will become an increasingly important component in the data protection equation. Unlike earlier SED offerings, TCG Opal-compliant SEDs provide standards-based protocols to facilitate widespread adoption by disk drive vendors, security management software providers, system integrators and security-conscious end users.

The IDF demonstration will be the first time SEDs are paired with Intel vPro technology to securely and remotely deliver down-the-wire access authentication. Management console applications can use Intel vPro technology to securely authenticate and access TCG Opal-compliant SEDs on remote PCs, even if the computer is powered off. This capability makes it possible to remotely perform software updates, security audits and maintenance tasks to on PCs in an enterprise domain.

"TCG Opal-compliant Self Encrypting Drives, such as Toshiba's solution, strengthen client PC security, and with Intel vPro technology a company can provide unattended protected administrative access to enterprise PC clients in wired or wireless scenarios," said Tom Quillin, Director - Ecosystem Development, Intel Corporation. "Intel views security and manageability as inseparable and necessary functions in today's computing environment. With vPro technology and TCG Opal-compliant SEDs, companies can now get manageable security."

SEDs greatly enhance the data security on any PC, especially laptops, which are at greater risk of being lost or stolen. The TCG Opal-specification provides a framework for delivering centrally managed encryption solutions. TCG Opal-compliant SEDS offer the benefits of stronger security through industry standardization of security protocols on the hard drive, providing easier use and lower cost of ownership with decreased management complexity.

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