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Encrypting a Solid State HDD

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duffman984

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Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:13 am

Encrypting a Solid State HDD

My company is looking at getting the new Dell E when it comes out for our remote users. They E comes with a 16Gb Solid State HDD. We have a standard here that all laptops be fully encrypted with Pointsec. Has anyone had any experience encrypting a SSHDD?
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Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:14 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

We've been running Pointsec Media Encryption and so far we haven't had any problems with our solid state usb drives.
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Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:27 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

I wouldn't think there would be much of a difference between the solid state disk and a regular disk for purposes of encryption.
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Post Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:20 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

Out of interest, can anyone tell me if disk encryption ends up requiring more writes to disk?
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Post Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:48 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

According to the CTO of the PGP corporation, no

http://paulstamatiou.com/2008/11/03/pgp ... ate-drives

but there is an interesting comment further down about wear leveling. I would call it a definite maybe.
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Post Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:15 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

The wear leveling info is interesting. That was a good read and I'll have to look into the specs on the SDD. I have an email out to Pointsec now seeing if Pointsec for PC is stable on SDDs
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Post Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:01 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

I'm curious, let us know what they say.
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:07 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

Well I got my response from Checkpoint Software and according to them their Full Disk Encryption, Pointsec for PC, is not dependent on the hardware but the file system itself. They are telling me that it should not matter but it doesn't sound like they've ever had this kind of question before so I'll have to give you guys a definite once I try it out for myself.
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Post Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:04 pm

Re: Encrypting a Solid State HDD

The problem with a potential wear leveling issue is that it would likely go unnoticed until it was a problem.

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