Latest SandForce SSD Processors Encrypt Data
Security is a hot topic for most industries and storage is not immune. Nearly all SSDs today store data directly to flash memory without performing any encryption. These systems support password protection techniques that prevent a would-be thief from accessing the data on the SSD. However, the flash memory of an SSD can be accessed directly with a special “clip” in the hands of a skilled technician, unlike an HDD with rotating media. Only if the host spends time encrypting the data will it be secure, but this will consume valuable resources and slow the path to the storage.
The LSI® SandForce® SF-2000 Flash Storage Processor (FSP) family solves this problem by using AES-128* to protect the information it stores on the flash and prevent any unauthorized access. This is done at the drive level without any host dependency and without slowing down the data transfer.
for a detailed AES encryption overview.
- Fuse-based OTP (one time programming memory) for unique master key
- Hardware non-deterministic random number generator
- FIPS-197 certification of AES engine (SF-1000)
* AES-256 support will be added in the future. Please contact your SSD manufacturer or LSI representative for specific availability information.