Integrated with the CipherChain-ES, the Z drive enclosure turns any 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive into an external eSATA hard drive with AES 256-bit encryption. By attaching an optional USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter, the Cipher Z drive enclosure can also connect to the latest USB 3.0 port or the ubiquitous USB 2.0 port commonly found on many computer systems.Connecting Cipher Z Drive enclosure to Desktop or Notebook via eSATA or USB 3.0
Simple hard drive installation
Simple to use Similar to all other Addonics encryption products, the Cipher Z enclosure is a pure hardware solution. This means that there is no software to run, no driver to install and no password to remember. There is very little user training required to use the Cipher Z drive enclosure. All the user needs to do is use the correct Cipher key on the drive enclosure before turning on the power. The Cipher Z drive enclosure can be operated under any operating system. It is the ideal security solution for organizations with heterogeneous computing environments and legacy systems.
Security The Cipher Z drive enclosure is equipped with the CipherChain ES which is a full disk encryption solution. This means that the boot sector, partition table and all the information on the drive is encrypted. If the Cipher Z drive enclosure is stolen, the SATA drive removed from the enclosure and connected to a computer, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no traces of data. The AES 256-bit encryption provided by the CipherChain ES is considered the highest level of encryption standards, secure enough to protect classified information designated as "Top Secret."
Performance Inside the Cipher Z drive enclosure, data stored in the hard drive is encrypted and decrypted on the fly using a FIPS certified AES 256-bit crypto engine. Unlike software encryption products which depend on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the encryption in the Cipher Z drive enclosure has no impact to CPU utilization. This leaves the system CPU to perform all its computing task at normal speed. There is also no measurable impact to the performance on the hard drive.
Cipher key The AES 256-bit Cipher key used for the encryption/decryption in the Cipher Z drive enclosure is the same Cipher key as used in the Addonics Diamond Cipher drive kit, Ruby Cipher drive kit, CipherChain and CipherChain-ES. As a result, you can share the same encryption key to operate on the storage device that has been encrypted by either the CipherChain, Diamond Cipher or Ruby Cipher drive kit. You may also order Cipher keys with the same key codes when you order multiple Cipher Z drive enclosures or Cipher keys. You may also re-programmed the Cipher keys to other codes using the optional key management system or sending the keys to Addonics for the re-programming service at no charge.