Fresh from CES – Maxtor BlackArmor hardware encrypted storage solution

At CES, Seagate Technology introduced Maxtor BlackArmor encrypting storage solution that provides AES government-grade encryption protection against unauthorized access to valuable and private information.

The Maxtor BlackArmor external storage solution uses a government-grade AES encryption certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to deliver the strongest commercially available data security available for external storage. The Maxtor BlackArmor product provides transparent, real-time encryption of all the data on the device, not just selected files; providing performance and ease of use advantages over manual software-based security controls. The BlackArmor product also puts all security keys and cryptographic operations within the device, delivering stronger protection against hacking and tampering than traditional software alternatives. The BlackArmor product’s key encryption technology can also securely wipe out the data for simple, cost-effective redeployment or disposal of the product — an important capability for organizations of all sizes.

Built for those who are serious about data protection, the elegantly designed BlackArmor external storage solution is a compact package weighing only 208g with dimensions of 131mm in length, 84mm wide and 16.5mm depth. The BlackArmor product interfaces with the computer over a USB 2.0 connection.

The product is expected to be widely available in a 160GB capacity in Q2 2008. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $149.99. Maxtor’s BlackArmor also includes the award-winning Maxtor Manager software suite from the popular OneTouch 4 product family. The software includes capabilities such as automated back up and multiple computer synchronization.

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