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Pangaea Media

Editor's draft profile:- UK based, Pangaea Media Ltd, was established in 2008. Among other things the company designs and markets external and internal 2.5" SSDs under the SecureDrives brand.

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editor's comments:- March 2011 - Pangaea Media has recently launched its first SSD product - a 2.5" external flash SSD aimed at the SSD backup market.

In addition to conventional encryption features - the SecureDrives include fast data sanitization which can be triggered remotely by SMS messages and events such as tampering with the casing.

Internally they use a SandForce SSD controller with Micron MLC NAND flash and also X-Wall MX-256 encryption processor from Enova Technology.

What's new / unique about this product?

Many other companies market fast purge SSDs and remotely controlled SSD data destruction was first introduced in the ZoneLoc product - by WEDC (now Microsemi) - in February 2009 for the military market and then by RunCore for the notebook SSD market in March 2010.

What appears to be different about the SecureDrives is the implementation of the data destruction technology. Conventionally fast purge is designed into the SSD and uses a combination of techniques including blowing one time programmable fuses and generating on board high voltages to create destructive charge breakdown in vital parts of the SSD chips. The novel thing about Pangaea Media's technology is that it appears to use ultrasonic shock waves to crack the memory chips. The patented method takes about 300mS and uses energy from an embedded monitored battery.

I've asked the company to tell our readers more about their marketing plans. For example will they unbundle and license the data purge technology to other SSD makers?

Here's extra info which they sent me. (A lot of this isn't on their website yet.)

The PSD series has a host of security features which are configurable by the user and include:
  • On device authentication via touch screen
  • User configuration PIN code retires between 2 & 8 times before the device will self-destruct
  • Hardware level AES256-Bit CBC encryption
  • A user generated truly random 256Bit number via the touch screen
  • GSM tracking and remote physical data destruction on demand
  • Zero touch backup that backs up encrypted data from one device to the other just by connecting two devices and without the need for a PC
  • The device requires PIN authentication before it will allow the charge of the internal battery
  • Internal battery level monitoring and self-destruction if the battery level runs to low
Pangaea Media (who prefer to be known as SecureDrives) says that some of the other interesting optional features are:
  • Monitoring for the presence of a GSM signal and if the device is starved of a GSM signal for a user defined period of time the device will self-destruct
  • The device controls its power consumption to avoid side channel attacks
  • At the point of data destruction the device carries out 4 safety measures:
    • Generates a new encryption key
    • Overwrites the partition table with white noise
    • Physically destroys the IC NANDs
    • Physically destroys the security processor where the encryption key is held
There's a video on YouTube which shows the internal features of this drive. It doesn't show you the chips exploding but it does show you what they look like afterwards.

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