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Lock It Up With Maxtor BlackArmour, Hardware Encrypted Storage Provides Government Grade Security For Consumers

SYDNEY — October 10, 2008 — Extending its lead in providing solutions to protect business and personal data from loss or theft, Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) today introduced the Maxtor® BlackArmour™ encrypting storage solution that provides AES government-grade encryption protection against unauthorized access to valuable and private information. The Maxtor BlackArmour solution is a portable storage device that delivers the confidence and reliability of robust security in a compact consumer-friendly design.
  • 10 October, 2008 10:04

<p>LOCK IT UP WITH MAXTOR® BLACKARMOUR™,
HARDWARE ENCRYPTED STORAGE PROVIDES GOVERNMENT GRADE SECURITY FOR CONSUMERS</p>
<p>SYDNEY — October 10, 2008 — Extending its lead in providing solutions to protect business and personal data from loss or theft, Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) today introduced the Maxtor® BlackArmour™ encrypting storage solution that provides AES government-grade encryption protection against unauthorized access to valuable and private information. The Maxtor BlackArmour solution is a portable storage device that delivers the confidence and reliability of robust security in a compact consumer-friendly design.</p>
<p>Designed for those who have valuable information they wish to keep secure and private, the new Maxtor BlackArmour product is an attractive, portable solution that provides unparalleled security for direct attached storage devices. Using Seagate Secure™ technology, Maxtor’s BlackArmour drive is designed to keep data locked up and protected in the event of loss or theft. Seagate Secure technology is a hardware-based encryption, making the encryption transparent to the user and free of complicated installation and use procedures required by software based security.</p>
<p>The Maxtor BlackArmour external storage solution uses a government-grade AES encryption certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to deliver the strongest commercially available data security available for external storage. The Maxtor BlackArmour product provides transparent, real-time encryption of all the data on the device, not just selected files; providing performance and ease of use advantages over manual software-based security controls. The BlackArmour product also puts all security keys and cryptographic operations within the device, delivering stronger protection against hacking and tampering than traditional software alternatives. The BlackArmour product’s key encryption technology can also securely wipe out the data for simple, cost-effective redeployment or disposal of the product – an important capability for organizations of all sizes.</p>
<p>The introduction of the Maxtor BlackArmour solution comes as growing reports of compromised computer information continue to alarm consumers, underscoring the growing need for storage solutions that provide security and privacy for personal information. Since January 2005, more than 215 million computer records have been compromised, many the direct result of a lost or stolen desktop or laptop system or hard drive, USB thumb drive, smart phone or CD, according to The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer information and advocacy organization.</p>
<p>“Government regulations on organizations that manage confidential and personal information continue to get more stringent, making security of sensitive information a mission-critical requirement,” said John Oltsik, senior analyst of Information Security at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Unfortunately, this is a monumental set of tasks that organizations are faced with, when confidential data is created, copied, and stored across the enterprise at an ever-increasing rate from data center systems to desktop and mobile devices.”</p>
<p>“Maxtor storage solutions are focused on security and back up of your valued digital assets,” said BanSeng Teh, vice president and managing director of Seagate Asia Pacific. “BlackArmour is an innovative new product that delivers on the promise of providing our customers with a level of security that is both reliable and robust, for a plug-and-play, easy-to-manage portable storage device.”</p>
<p>Maxtor® BlackArmour™ Storage Solution
Built for those who are serious about data protection, the elegantly designed BlackArmour external storage solution is a compact package weighing only 208g with dimensions of 131mm in length, 84mm wide and 16.5 mm depth. The BlackArmour product interfaces with the computer over a USB 2.0 connection. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $179 AUD for 160GB and $259.00 AUD for 320GB. Maxtor BlackArmour also includes the award-winning Maxtor Manager software suite from the popular OneTouch 4™ product family. The software includes capabilities such as automated back up and multiple computer synchronization.</p>
<p>ENDS</p>
<p>About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disk drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com.
Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries.</p>
<p>About Maxtor
Maxtor is one of the world's leading brands of consumer storage solutions. Maxtor’s reputation as a proven market leader was built by consistently providing high-quality products, services and support for its customers. Maxtor branded products can be found at www.maxtorsolutions.com.
Maxtor, Maxtor BlackArmour, Maxtor OneTouch, Maxtor DrivePass, Maxtor SafetyDrill and Maxtor DriveLock are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one megabyte, or MB, equals one million bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage.</p>
<p>Further Information Contact:</p>
<p>Will McIntyre (02) 8905 0995
Einsteinz Communications
will@einsteinz.com.au
or
Pru Quinlan (02) 8905 0995
Einsteinz Communications
pru@einsteinz.com.au</p>

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