Carried away by security

Bull launches encrypted hard-drive with a twist

The company says that although it had expected interest from government departments and large companies, it has been surprised by the number of people involved in various forms of casework who are also interested in the device.

According to Thomas Loia, chief technology officer of Bull Information Systems in the UK, the 60GB drive, which has been named globull, the drive has multiple partitions on board, the first of which has virtualisation code built in. This means that users can store an image of their operating systems, applications, data and settings on the drive, and then boot from it on another computer. Once they’re finished they can shut down their sessions, remove the hard-drive and leave no footprint behind.

The globull drive has an encryption processor on board, so that all the encryption is done independent of the operating system, with different keys for different partitions. The drive also has a user interface on board, which protects personal identification numbers from keyloggers, and is made in France – which is important for some applications. It also has a dedicated section of memory to hold digital certificates.

According to Dr Mike McCiag, director of marketing at Bull, the drive costs about the same as a laptop in single-unit quantities, but is really aimed at bulk sales to organisations that have already recognised the indirect costs of data losses.

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