Seagate Joins Forces with Fornetix on Federal Cybersecurity

Posted by at 8:20 am on February 15, 2017

Seatgate Technology announced that its HDDs and SSDs that are designed to meet federal security standards would now be even more secure. Seagate’s secure drives will now be integrated with advanced encryption key management software and services from Fornetix, LLC. The newly integrated secure drives give the federal government more tools to help fend off external and internal cybersecurity threats. Seagate and Fornetix will demonstrate their product integrations at the RSA Conference 2017 in the Fornetix booth #S2743 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 13-17.

Seagate has been making drives that meet the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 140-2 (FIPS PUB140-2) requirements for some time now as part of their Seagate Government Solutions business. With the integration of these drives with Fornetix Key Orchestration products and services, users will be able to manage the digital keys found on drives easier, which in turn can allow them to dynamically manage and re-key drives without risking security.

Seagate’s FIPS PUB140-2 drive with Forentix integration are compatible with its ClusterStor Secure Data Appliance (SDA), what the company is calling “the industry’s first secure scale-out parallel file system solution.” The ClusterStor SDA was designed specifically for the federal market and allows tens of thousands of users with different security classifications to connect to a single-server storage environment. Access to certain files will be granted to those that have clearance.

These newly announced products are part of the Multilevel Security (MLS) Ecosystem. MLS is a joint effort designed to address the unique needs of cybersecurity on a federal level. The new Seagate drive integrated with Forentix comply with the MLS Ecosystem’s framework of integrated, automated technology that enables secure workflow for government customers, eliminating costly data stovepipes while accommodating various levels of security clearance from a single storage platform.


Seagate and Fornetix products are currently available from Seagate Government Solutions.

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