Tuesday, January 22, 2008

RFID on a Portable Hard Drive

More security needed for your portable hard drive(s)? Carrying patient data in an off sight backup and making sure it is only accessible by you is an important part of an overall paperless strategy. There are several ways to ensure security i.e. password protection, biometrics, etc. Now there is a new way with RFID.

The STYSEN E08 RFID Security 2.5 Inch HDD Enclosure is a hard drive enclosure that will accept SATA drives. Once the drive is installed in the enclosure it connects to your PC via USB 2.0 The device comes with 2 RFID keys (in case you lose one) and scanning the key over the drive unlocks the data. What's really cool about this is if the device is stolen it won't work without the key. And what if some crook simply takes the drive out of the enclosure? When it's removed from the enclosure, the drive automatically reformats itself the next time it receives power. I'm not sure at this point what kind of reformatting it does and if it is a NSA secure wipe of the data or not, but this is still a very interesting concept.

The cost of the enclosure is $56 plus the cost of the SATA drive so this is definitely affordable.

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