Beachhead Solutions, a provider of cloud-managed PC & mobile device encryption, security, and data access control for businesses and MSPs, has announced the availability of self-encrypting drive (SED) orchestration capabilities for all MSP and reseller partners deploying the SimplySecure Management System.
Full-disk encryption (FDE) protects all data on a hard disk by either encrypting the entire volume as an application running above, or an element running at the operating system level, making it an effective-but-cumbersome task that requires significant strain on system resources in order to perform requisite encryption calculations. In contrast, SEDs allow all encryption management tasks to be performed on the drive itself, with no reliance on other device components. This eliminates any impact on system performance; when enabled, the encryption process with SEDs is instantaneous and without installation. Effectively, a self-encrypting drive is always encrypted when not in use, and it remains locked if separated from its power source or device.
SimplySecure automatically detects which computers have SED capability and will engage that functionality, while continuing to manage software-based encryption on computers that don’t have SEDs. Using Beachhead’s approach of managing SEDs through the cloud with no software to buy, businesses receive a user experience that focuses on seamless remote management of all mobile devices. With SimplySecure, MSPs implementing the solution have versatile access control capabilities at their immediate disposal. These controls enable administrators to automatically quarantine data, or wipe and restore user access on remotely located devices in the event that they become lost or stolen, or whenever user access must be quickly revoked for security reasons.
Beachhead’s SimplySecure Management System supports self-encrypting drives on machines operating Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, as well as the newest standards including OPAL 2.0, TPM 2.0, and Microsoft eDrive.
“SEDs, importantly, secure sensitive data on the drive itself,” says Cam Roberson, Director of the Reseller Channel at Beachhead Solutions. “We want our partners to be able to take advantage of this critical data security safeguard, so we’re proud to include SED management as an integrated part of SimplySecure. We strongly believe this will provide MSPs with an advantage for not only further securing clients’ sensitive data, but also winning them more business.”