Secure data encryption is essential for a wide variety of mission-critical applications pertaining to both civilian matters and national security. These sectors both require comprehensive safeguards to protect sensitive data.
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware-encrypted solid state drives (SSD), also called self-encrypting drives (SED), offer a proven and efficient method of encrypting stored data. TCG OPAL 2.0 compliance enables additional security layers and extended user management options.
Because of its complexity, it is not possible to brute-force the AES algorithm using any current or foreseeable technology. There are however other ways to crack the cipher; many of which can be addressed by applying hardware-based encryption as opposed to a software solution.
This paper will expand on this issue and other challenges such a data management, while also giving a more thorough explanation on the different features of AES and the related tools and standards.