Integral Crypto SSD FIPS 197 with AES 256-bit Hardware Encryption
Published on August 2nd, 2012
Are you looking for a storage drive built with a powerful security feature, keeping your data safe and inaccessible even if the system is turned off? Integral has unleashed its latest SSDs, the Crypto Series SSD (Solid State Drives) that features military level security protection with its (Advanced Encryption Standard) AES 256-bit hardware encryption which is more secure than a software-only solution.
You might be wondering, what’s so special about AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption? Basically, the AES 256-bit encryption is an international standard which ensures data is encrypted and decrypted following an approved standard. It is mostly used by US government and other intelligence organization across the world to ensure high security and protection of their data. In a hardware-based encryption, a AES chip is built in on the drive that automatically encrypts or decrypts the data. It’s much faster and more secure compared to a software based encryption system.
Aside from the AES 256-bit hardware encryption, the Integral Crypto SSD are also (Federal Information Processing Standards) FIPS 197 validated with certificate no. 1832. With these key features, the Crypto SSD is a highly secure solid state encryption solution that is perfect for many industries like legal, health, finance, government and many more.
Other than its cutting edge security features, the Integral Crypto has also all the benefits of a solid state drive. Just like any other SSD, its ultra fast, ultra silent, consumes low power and is non mechanical. It comes in four different variants; a 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
If you are going to ask me how would I compared the Integral Crypto SSD from a standard HDD, I would say that you are like comparing an OLED Smart TV from a picture tube Television. Below are more features of the Crypto and its technical specifications.
Features of Integral Crypto SSD
- Dual password – user has the option to setup an administrative password as well as a master override password.
- Total Drive Encryption – all data stored on the Crypto SSD are encrypted including the Operating System itself.
- Brute-Force Password Attack Protection – after 6 to 20 attempts (can be configured) of failed password attempts all the data in the Crypto SSD including the encryption key are securely destroyed! Now how cool is that?!
- Anti-Clone – meaning this SSD can not be clone once encryption is set.
- High speed Read/Write up to 240MB/s
- Super low power consumption, consumes only around 1/10 of power compared to HDD thus helps extend laptop battery life
- Warranty is 2 years
Integral Crypto SSD Specifications
MLC-NAND Flash Technology
SATA II 2.5”
SATA Revision 2.6 compliant
Power management supported
128MB DDR Cache Buffer
CE and FCC certified and RoHs compliant
Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7
32GB – INSSD32GS25MCRYPTO 5055288417960
64GB – INSSD64GS25MCRYPTO 5055288417977
128GB – INSSD128GS25MCRYPTO 5055288417984
256GB – INSSD256GS25MCRYPTO 5055288417991
Performance and Interface
Read: 240MB/s (max)
Write: 200MB/s (max)
Interface: SATA II (SATA 1.5Gbps and 3Gbps)
Wear leveling: Static and Dynamic
MTBF: 1,000,000 hours
ECC: 48/32/28 bit per 2KB
Data Retention: 10 years
Power requirement: 5V
Read Mode: 1.4W
Write Mode: 4.7W
Sleep Mode: 0.2W
Operating Temp: 0° – +70°C
Non-Operating Temp: -40° – +85°C
Humidity: RH=95% under 55°C
Vibration: 20G (80-2000Hz)
Shock: 1,500G (0.5msec)
Weight: 76 grams
The Integral Crypto’s software GUI supports 13 languages including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
Aside from the internal security features it’s built with, the Crypto SSD’s electronics are sealed in a tamper-free epoxy resin and is protected by a steel outer case with rugged design. It’s completely shock proof, silent and emits very low heat.
Practical Use of Integral Crypto SSD
Let’s say you have a laptop that you use for your work and your laptop contains (highly) confidential data on it. One day you find that your laptop is missing or somebody has stolen it. If your laptop is using a regular solid state drive or a 2.5-inch hard disk drive, there is a big possibility that your data will be retrieved or stolen.
But if you are using Integral Crypto, even if your laptop or the SSD itself is stolen, your data can not be easily stolen. Worst, after 6 failed attempts to login, or depending on how many times you configure it, the data and encryption key will automatically be deleted. It’s like self destruct mechanism to ensure the security of your data.
This highly-secured SSD is ideal for people who are into business, teachers or professors in schools, lab technicians or scientists, lawyers, doctors, government, enterprise or big companies and other types of work or profession that requires high level of security.
Price and Where to Buy
In UK, the suggested retail prices are as follows; £128.99 (32GB), £169.99 (64GB), £230.99 (128GB) and £301.99 (256GB). The Integral Crypto SSD are also available on Amazon. Links with prices are available below.
- Integral 32GB Crypto SSD – $218.85
- Integral 64GB Crypto SSD – $290.73
- Integral 128GB Crypto SSD – $395.43
- Integral 256GB Crypto SSD – $518.85
Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. By the time you visited this page, prices might have change already. Please visit the respective page to view the latest price.