RDX PowerEncrypt Hardware Encryption for SATA III Drives gained FIPS 140-2 Validation!

from Hugo Bergmann, Director Produkt Management, Overland-Tandberg

Another major milestone for RDX technology!

As I was writing this post, I took a nostalgic look back at our RDX Removable Disk Technology that was first launched in 2006 with a SATA I QuikStor drive with the mission to replace the mix of entry level tape technologies at that time. 13 years later, it is successfully continuing with that mission.

Offline/offsite storage continues to be essential for businesses to protect against data loss, disasters and cybercrime. An “air gap”, a modern expression, is needed to protect sensitive and business critical information. For those of you who are thinking, “I’ve a huge air gap, my business and data are in the Cloud”…you are mistaken. There is always a “Network Cable” that can access the Cloud.

RDX is a secure, removable and portable storage solution for traditional IT infrastructures, Hybrid Clouds or in Edge Computing applications.

Today we are announcing another major milestone for RDX technology. We have received RDX QuikStor SATA III drive FIPS 140-2 validation from the U.S. federal government. FIPS sets the benchmark for encryption and related security requirements for IT products to be considered trustable for confidential use.  This allows us to further expand our presence in the federal and defence sectors and also, to a variety of public and private organizations and regulated industries by meeting and exceeding their requirements, for example, GDPR compliance in Europe.

FIPS 140-2 compliance has been widely adopted around the world as a practical security benchmark and realistic best practice. It’s a security standard that ensures a product uses solid security practices, such as approved high-level encryption algorithms and procedures with role-based authentication, and meets well-defined requirements that are strong enough for securing sensitive data. It must also ensure that physical abuse can be detected by using physical locks or tamper-resistant seals.

The FIPS 140-2 standard is recognized by the U.S. and Canadian governments as well as the European Union. All U.S. federal government agencies, as well as contractors and service providers who work with the U.S. government, are required to comply with FIPS 140-2.

Many vendors may say they are FIPS 140-2 compliant, while in fact their products have not passed the rigorous validation by a federally-authorized lab, a process that I can tell you first-hand is time-consuming and difficult to pass.

FIPS 140-2 validated encryption is available at no charge in all RDX SATA III drives and works with all RDX media. Further information can be found on our whitepaper, the press-release and on the NIST website. https://csrc.nist.gov/Projects/cryptographic-module-validation-program/Certificate/3360




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