There is a new security technology developed by Fujitsu Computer Products of America in order to make their 2.5 inch encrypted HDDs or hard disk drivers compatible with the Opal Security Subsystem Class. The Opal Security Subsystem Class is the latest storage security standard that was made known on the 27th of January 2009 by the Trusted Computing Group. This group is an international organization that is involved in setting the security standards for the new generation computing environments.
The Opal security subsystem class specifications of Trusted Computing Group has been assumed as an international standard with the main goal to create more secure IT work environments. When they are used in combination in supporting other application software the hard disk drivers which support Opal security subsystem class would enable sophisticated security solutions for a much wider array of computing platforms which also include notebook computers.
The Trusted Computing Groups has recently standardized the Opal security subsystem class specifications for advanced security solutions in the entire computing environments. Therefore as an active member of the Trusted Computing Group, Fujitsu has taken the initiative to led the formulation of the standard and they have even consequently developed the technology for their Opal based s2.5 inch hard disk drives feeding them with encryption features. Additionally, when this recently developed hard disk drier security technology is used in combination with some other application software that supports Opal security subsystem class would also enable superior security features such as secure partition and pre boot authentication.
The Pre-booth authentication feature in the computer basically performs authentications when starting up the PC. Therefore using the hard disk drives which supports the Opal security subsystem class standards would allows you to use the advanced authentication techniques like smart card authentication or biometric authentication. These features can even be use before starting up windows or any other operating system which makes it more possible to build an area that is more secure than previous ones which often rely on password input through keyboards.
The technology that enables the storage of hard disk drives is the secure partition that partitions it into a number of secure storage areas. Every partition can be protected under their own encryption key which would give access to just the valid owner of the partition and the users would be given access by their owners. This for instance allows for content and its licensing data to be protected and stored in separate partitions so that different partitions can be used according to the nature of the data stored which enables intense secure data management. The Fujitsu Company is also currently working with an independent software dealer to implement all these new functions which would include Wave Systems, SECUDE, McAfee and WinMagic.