Stonewood's ultra-secure Eclypt drive gets SSD speed boost

UK encrypted drive specialist Stonewood has announced a solid state drive (SSD) version of its Eclypt Freedom drive family, the first such drive to appear with UK CESG security approval.

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UK encrypted drive specialist Stonewood has announced a solid state drive (SSD) version of its Eclypt Freedom drive family, the first such drive to appear with UK CESG security approval.

The new SSD models come in 128 and 256GB capacities, internal and portable form factors, with the underlying hardware sourced from Toshiba and Intel. Around this core, Stonewood has added its own tamper-proof and ruggedised case (for external models) and encryption add-ons, which vary depending on the precise model chosen.

The use of SSD technology would speed up access to encrypted data compared to a conventional spinning drive, the company indicated. It also allowed drives to be lighter and ot consume less energy.

“SSD technology offers customers increased ruggedness, as with no moving parts it is inherently able to withstand more extreme conditions than rotating drives,” said Stonewood CEO, Chris McIntosh.

“By launching this range we are providing an essential capability for our customers and it will undoubtedly be of particular interest to our military community.”

The drive’s CESG approval, a rating given by the information assurance arm of GCHQ (government communications headquarters) is critical for adoption in the UK military or the security-conscious end of the public sector. The Enhanced CESG model includes two-factor authentication.

Stonewood said it plans to introduce a new version of the Eclypt later in the year that will feature even more rugged design for field use under extreme conditions. The Eclypt launched two years ago.

Pricing starts at £600 ($940) for the 128GB FIPS-compliant Internal Corporate model.

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