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ViaSat announces encrypted hard drives for Mac

Security and communications company ViaSat UK today announced their new range of military-grade encrypted hard drives for Mac operating systems.

ViaSat are one of the few companies trusted by the UK government to supply secure hard drives and USB drives to government and military employees, and all its hard drives use a standard of encryption accredited under the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).

FIPS is a US government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules.

ViaSat UK has supplied security technology to the government's Ministry of Defence and has been supplying government and military for the last 10 years.

Its Eclypt Core Internal Hard Drive, Freedom External Hard Drive and Nano Memory Stick all employ the same technology as the secure disks supplied to the government, military and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

ViaSat claims that these devices "are particularly suitable for organisations looking to secure their data without impacting on productivity of their employees". This is because, unlike software-based encryption models, ViaSat's encryption protocols are built into the hardware, and therefore have negligible impact on system performance.

The Mac devices will be available for public sale via ViaSat UK's dedicated Amazon channel in coming weeks, along with the full range of devices for Microsoft operating systems for personal, small business and enterprise users.

Earlier, we spoke to ViaSat UK's CEO, Chris McIntosh, about what it takes to encrypt data for the government, and exactly how the new hard drives work.