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Seagate on Tuesday also unveiled a new line of hard drives, the Momentus Self-Encrypting Drive for portable PCs, which are now FIPS 140-2 validated, Clark said.
FIPS 140-2 validation is required by U.S. and Canadian government organizations, many state and local governments, and regulated industries as a way to ensure the security of encrypted data.
Getting FIPS 140-2 validation is important for Seagate and its partners looking to sell systems into organizations or companies which require such high levels of encryption for their data, Clark said.
"With self-encrypting drives, the government market was always thought of as low-hanging fruit," she said. "But it hasn't been. Governments need FIPS 140-2. They also need self-encrypting drives, and have sometimes gone beyond their rules to buy them. But with FIPS 140-2 validation, governments can now easily purchase the drives they need."
FIPS 140-2 is also important in industries where such a high level of encryption may not be a requirement but where companies take their cue from government agencies, Clark said.
"Healthcare and financial organizations may not need FIPS 140-2," she said. "But they look at government endorsement as a way to more easily acquire their drives."
Seagate's Momentus Self-Encrypting Drives with FIPS 140-2 validation are already shipping, and are priced at about a 25-percent premium over non-FIPS self-encrypted drives, Clark said. Seagate plans to make FIPS 140-2 validation available with other drive lines in the future, she said.
The new drives are available in a 2.5-inch form factor, and come in capacity levels of up to 750 GBs.