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

TOKYO -- March 25, 2014

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that 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). This 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 2 of the FIPS 140-2 standard.

Toshiba: Self-encrypting Thin-type HDD "MQ01ABUxxxBW Series" (Photo: Business

Toshiba: Self-encrypting Thin-type HDD "MQ01ABUxxxBW Series" (Photo: Business

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 makers of printers, 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 3^rd 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 at:

Outline of the New Products
Model Name    Recording  Height  Interface  Suitable     Security
               Capacity                         Application
                                                • Mobile
                                                PC,           • SED (TCG-OPAL SSC
MQ01ABU050BW   500GB^[1]                                      )
                                                MFP,          •
                           7mm      SATA                      Cryptographic-erase
                                                POS           (Sanitize)
                                                              • Wipe technology
MQ01ABU032BW  320GB                         •            • FIPS 140-2
                                                Government    validated

[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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announcement but is subject to change without prior notice.

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba
Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital
products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs;
electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials;
industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation
systems, smart community solutions, medical systems, escalators and elevators;
and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than
590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales
surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

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