SecureDrives, Developing the SSD with Self Destruct Feature
Like something out of the 1960’s TV show Mission Impossible, SecureDrives, a British company, is developing the ultimate in secure hard drives by bringing self destruction to Solid State Drives (SSDs) but without those famous words “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.”
A self destructing drive is clearly more secure than any form of encryption and is aimed at those who wish to secure sensitive corporate data to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
The SSDs that this company is developing are able to remotely receive commands from their owners and thanks to the built in GSM capabilities they can respond to SMS messages delivered via a cell phone.
This Autothysis range of SSDs from SecureDrives has safety mechanisms that they call “crypto sanitization” which, when activated causes the NAND flash memory on the drive to be physically fragmented. This physical fragmentation ensures the data on the drive is destroyed and that the drive can’t be mounted or read.
The smartphone application allows the user to configure the level of security they require. So in addition to destroying the drive via text message the drives self destruct features can be set to activate if the drive is removed from its SATA connection or if it can’t detect a GSM signal for a per-determined duration. Also, regardless of user settings the drive will auto destruct if its case is opened which is no mean feat considering its sealed during manufacturing.
The SSD doesn’t come cheap and with 128GB storage it will set you back almost a thousand pounds or about $1600 but considering the level of security and remote auto destruct features it’s a small price to pay for companies securing sensitive data that could cost them significantly more if it falls into the wrong hands.
Find Out more about this stunning self destructing hard drive at SecureDrives