Deploying Intel® Solid-State Drives with Managed Hardware-Based Encryption

Deploying Intel® Solid-State Drives with Managed Hardware-Based Encryption

Deploying Intel® Solid-State Drives with Managed Hardware-Based Encryption

To gain the security benefits of centrally managed hardware-based encryption and to better protect Intel’s intellectual property, Intel IT is deploying the Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD) Professional Family (currently consisting of the Intel® SSD Pro 1500 Series and the Intel® SSD Pro 2500 Series), combined with McAfee® Drive Encryption 7.1.

Our encryption journey began in 2009 ...with the deployment of Intel SSDs and software-based encryption. As technology matured, we moved to a more stable software-based encryption solution that was integrated with the already deployed McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator software—providing a “single pane of glass” view for all McAfee security products we were using. (The previous software-based encryption solution used a separate management system.) Later, we developed a custom hardware-based encryption management solution. These solutions provided incremental improvements for both users and IT employees.

Our current centrally managed hardware-based solution offers additional advantages:

• There is no noticeable impact on laptop performance.

• Encryption and decryption activation now takes just a few seconds, whereas software-based encryption took over an hour.

• Integration with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software enables us to track encryption compliance and generate encryption reports.

• The solution is easily scalable to accommodate growth in our PC fleet.

Our environment includes some older solid-state drives that still require software-based encryption. McAfee Drive Encryption provides the same user interface for both types of encryption and can automatically and transparently detect whether to use software-based or hardware-based encryption, depending on drive type.

Intel SSDs and McAfee Drive Encryption work in tandem to provide a more secure, higher-performing solution than either the latest encryption or SSD technology alone could.

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