Hardware Vs Software Encryption - Comparison

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Hardware Vs Software Encryption - Comparison

  1. 1. Software Versus Hardware Encryption Software Hardware NO Consumes Valuable Computer Resources YES Encryption/Decryption is taken (CPU Cycles, Memory) care by HDD Open To Attack NO YES Key Generation Exposed, Unique & certified methods of hiding secrets. Key Storage Accessible to OS Open To Snoop YES NO Encryption Process Observable in PC Memory Risk of (users/malware) Turning Encryption Off NO YES Danger of non-compliance Always ON Encryption NO FDE needs to be Turned Off during OS Sometimes Encryption/Decryption is Updates/Maintenance completely transparent EASY IT Ease of Deployment, Management Moderate to Difficult through Retirement (Repurpose/Disposal) Substantially Lower TCO Subject to Princeton/Cold Boot Attack YES NO Drive Locking, Strong Access Control NO YES YES Secure Crypto Erase Sometimes Repurposes drives in seconds

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