Toshiba Self-Encrypting HDD Meets Government-Class Security Requirements

  Toshiba Self-Encrypting HDD Meets Government-Class Security Requirements

    Toshiba’s self-encrypting HDD is validated to U.S. Federal Information
                             Processing Standard

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. -- March 24, 2014

The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components,
Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the MQ01ABUxxxBW series, a
mobile-grade thin 7mm hard disk drive (HDD) with self-encrypting technology,
including Toshiba’s unique wipe technology, which automatically erases data
when an HDD is accessed by an unregistered system, has achieved validation to
U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2). The
MQ01ABUxxxBW series is the first Toshiba self-encrypting drive (SED) validated
to the FIPS 140-2 standard. Toshiba’s SED models are designed to the Trusted
Computing Group’s (TCG) industry-standard “Opal” Security Sub-Classification.
This globally accepted standard implements protocols created to help IT
managers, security management application providers and client security
professionals to better manage data security and to help prevent potentially
damaging and costly breaches to sensitive information. The FIPS-validated
model also provides tamper-evident labeling for additional security, with a
resulting validation to Level Two of the FIPS 140-2 standard.

The 7mm mobile thin SED series underwent rigorous cryptographic module
validation testing by a U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST)-certified testing laboratory in order to be validated by the U.S.
Federal Information Processing standard. As a result of this validation, this
Toshiba HDD series is now available for use in highly regulated and
security-sensitive storage applications, such as government systems. The
combination of support for ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) Enhanced
Secure Cryptographic Erase function, the TCG-Opal SSC (Security Subsystem
Class) protocols, the Toshiba wipe technology extensions of the Opal
protocols, and the FIPS 140-2 module level validation makes the MQ01ABUxxxBW
series suitable for encrypting confidential data stored on client-grade mobile
and desktop computers protected by security management applications.

Unlike software-based encryption products, SEDs perform encryption securely
within the drive’s hardware at full interface speeds. This helps to improve
system performance, and reduce support burden and integration concerns versus
software encryption which performs encryption as a background software task
that can negatively impact user productivity. In addition, SED use can
eliminate the need for a “re-encryption” cycle during initial client
configuration and the drive’s embedded SED encryption cannot be disabled, thus
decreasing the risk that security practices required by policy for legal
compliance might be put at risk by end-user actions.

Some printer manufacturers, copiers and other OEM commercial systems apply the
added security enabled by Toshiba’s unique wipe technology. Wipe technology
helps make it so that self-encrypting drives in such systems can be easily and
securely cryptographically erased to protect against data breaches when
systems are retired from service, re-deployed or returned to a third party
service provider.

Toshiba’s MQ01ABUxxxBW series is currently shipping. For more information on
this model’s FIPS 140-2 validation, please reference certificate number 2082
and visit the US NIST CMVP website For more information
on Toshiba’s portfolio of industry-leading solid state drives, hard drives and
hybrid storage solutions, visit To connect with
Toshiba Storage, visit the corporate blog at and follow @ToshibaStorage on

Model name      Recording  Height  Interface  Suitable     Security
                 Capacity                         Application
                                                  Mobile PC,
MQ01ABU050BW    500GB^1                                          *SED (TCG-OPAL SSC)
                                                  MFP, POS        *Cryptographic-erase
                             7mm      SATA                          (Sanitize)
                                                                 *Wipe technology
MQ01ABU032BW    320GB                                        *FIPS 140-2
                                                  Government        validated

About Toshiba Storage Products

Toshiba Corporation and its affiliates offer one-of-a-kind global storage
solutions, offering hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and
NAND flash memories — technologies that drive a wide range of consumer
electronics, computer and automotive applications, as well as enterprise
solutions for the global marketplace. Toshiba is a leader in the development,
design and manufacture of mobile, consumer and enterprise hard disk drives and
solid state drives. In North America, the Storage Products Business Unit of
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., markets high-quality storage
peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, original design
manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators
and distributors worldwide. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the
high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established
Toshiba products as innovation leaders worldwide. For more information, visit

About Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable
electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading
designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs,
ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A
committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures
high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs),
hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices,
custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components,
mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make
possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices,
automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating
company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation,
Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s sixth largest
semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2013 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue,
December 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554
subsidiaries and affiliates, with 206,087 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's
web site at

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including product pricing, availability and specifications, content of
services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on
the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice.
Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most
recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.

^1 Definition of capacity: Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes,
a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as
1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage
capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 2^30 = 1,073,741,824
bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity
(including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size,
formatting, settings, software and operating system, such as Microsoft
Operating System and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content.
Actual formatted capacity may vary.


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