A while back, Popular Science asked me to identify the Best New Security Technology
. At the time I simply couldn't think of anything, and they've long since published their issue filled with Best New ____ Technology
I finally thought of something - self-encrypting mass storage
. This can be anything from an encrypting USB drive - the IronKey
if you like theatrics - to a self-encrypting hard drive like Seagate's Momentus
line of laptop drives.
While I also rely heavily on software drive encryption (TrueCrypt
) I wish that all
my hard drives had full disk encryption (FDE). If all drives had FDE, I could recycle drives (i.e. give them to my kids) just by erasing the key. Instead, I have to hook each drive up to an idle machine for a day or so to run a wiping process.
So FDE isn't just for security paranoids and folks hogtied by compliance regulations. They're useful for everyone. That is, assuming that the vendors make it easy to use them.