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Sosecure seeks funding for world's first smartphone controlled SSD

Remote wiping and pin protection built in
Wed Jun 11 2014, 16:14

A STARTUP is looking to smartphones for securing personal data, and is seeking funding for a mobile controlled solid state disk (SSD) drive.

Sosecure is encrypted with 256-bit AES and is accessed and controlled by a PIN protected Android or iOS app. While many hard drives now include self-encryption, this is the first to have a mobile dashboard to make that process simple.

James Little of Sosecure told The INQUIRER, "The primary target market is not specifically domestic or corporate. The product is aimed at any one who wants a safeguard their data, who wants hardware disk encryption, who wants a drive that is light weight and easy to control and which has the added benefit of the instant crypto sanitization feature allowing for an instant data deletion and out of the box factory reset."

The drive, which will be available in 64GB and 128GB sizes, and is connected by Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy with NFC for easy pairing. Sosecure can be set to automatically lock if it isn't accessed for a set amount of time, after which it will need reauthenticating with a PIN code.

In the event that the drive is separated from the Bluetooth range of the phone, the phone is able to sound an alarm, at which point the drive can be tracked, or if the worst happened, wiped back to factory state from within the app.

Little continued, "This is what is referred to a crypto sanitization. Great if the drive is to be re-deployed to another user and legacy data needs to be destroyed."

As well as use as a portable hard drive, the Sosecure can be installed in a laptop, creating a two-step authentication process to secure it.

A docking station accessory allows "zero touch backup" by copying selected folders as soon as it is docked.

Sosecure is presently crowdfunding via Kickstarter. Its target is £131,000 by 9 July, and at the time of publication it has reached the £2,000 mark. Prices for the retail version of the product are expected to start at £215. µ


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