Ruggedized Tamper-Proof SSD for Tactical Edge Applications

The drive meets strict U.S. Department of Defense cybersecurity and environmental operating requirements By Mike Ball / 04 Oct 2022
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Rugged tamper-proof driveCrystal Group has released a new ruggedized and tamper-proof NVMe M.2 drive validated across the company’s portfolio of rugged, high-performance compute solutions for tactical edge applications. The new product uses proprietary ruggedization techniques on the tamper-evident Seagate BarraCuda 515 solid state drive (SSD) to extend the drive’s capabilities to military platforms by meeting strict U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) cybersecurity and environmental operating requirements.

Primary safeguards for sensitive and classified data include:

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified SSD
  • Common Criteria certification with full disk encryption solution
  • TPG Opal compliant self-encryption
  • TAA compliant
  • Block-level data destruction verification

In addition to meeting or exceeding common MIL-STD-810 environmental test standards, such as temperature, vibration, shock and humidity, the BarraCuda 515 SSDs profile is also salt fog compliant. Salt fog resilience is critical for applications like U.S. Navy deployments, which are exposed to highly corrosive environments.

To address the broad variety of compute needs across different tactical edge platforms and applications, this rugged, tamper-evident NVMe M.2 drive can be used on any form factor from Crystal Group’s portfolio of rugged, high-performance compute solutions. According to the company, Crystal Group is the only rugged solutions provider to offer this combination of environmental robustness and security protection at the SSD and hardware levels.

Todd Prouty, senior business development manager at Crystal Group, commented: “Marrying advanced data security features with comprehensive environmental standards streamlines two critical performance needs for tactical edge applications into one solution. Integrating these capabilities at both the drive level and hardware level provides maximum physical and data protections for long-life, seamless compute performance and accuracy in and across all domains.”

Mike Moritzkat, CEO and managing director of Seagate Government Solutions, stated: “Seagate Government Solutions is dedicated to supporting our long-term partnership with Crystal Group. We at SGS see this conformal-coated, secure M.2 device as answering a long-standing requirement in rugged applications for the Government.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact