Origin Storage welcomes Ponemon report on self-encrypting drives

(PresseBox) (Basingstoke, ) A report just released from the Ponemon Institute - which found that self-encrypting drives (SED) are more effective than software-based encryption systems when it comes to preventing data beaches - has been welcomed by Origin Storage.

According to Andy Cordial, managing director of the secure storage specialist, "When I first heard that the Ponemon Institute had conducted a survey into this area, I was intrigued, especially against the backdrop survey that 82 per cent of US firms have been hit by one or more data breaches," he added.

The Origin Systems MD went on to say that the Ponemon survey revealed that 40 per cent of workers regularly turn off software-based encryption.

This, he says, is entirely understandable. "It's bad news, but given the latency and other under un-friendliness of many systems I have seen over the years, it really isn't that surprising," he said.

The Ponemon study, he noted, ticked all the boxes on the SED advantage front that he and his team went through when researching the SED kit solutions around 15 to 18 months ago.

Enhanced scalability and faster set-up times over other systems were all cited by users as positive advantages of SEDs, along with the fact that 89 per cent of respondents wanted an SED to encrypt their financial documents, he explained.

It's also interesting, says Cordial, that the study found 52 per cent encrypting company trade secrets and 41 per cent employee records, as these are the plus points that we have been hearing when users source our kits.

"The bottom line here is that this report confirms - in black and white - what our clients have been saying for more than a year, namely that SED technology has now reached the stage where it is just as easy to install an encrypting drive than a standard unit," he said.

"And with the price of the kits that we supply being so competitive, there really is no reason for companies - and serious home users - not to install an SED over a standard drive. And the good news is that this report will confirm this reasoning to the bean counters (accountants) if your business requires it," he added.

For more on Origin Storage: www.originstorage.com

For more on the Ponemon SED report: http://bit.ly/lTvqWh

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