In the ever-evolving landscape of data storage technologies, data security remains a top priority for organizations. In August 2022, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) introduced IEEE 2883-2022, a comprehensive standard for data sanitization. This standard fills a critical information gap by providing guidelines for securely erasing data on modern storage technology. It’s important to note that while NIST 800-88 remains widely used, IEEE 2883-2022 takes into account the evolving world of data storage, offering a more up-to-date framework.

IEEE 2883-2022 Classification

IEEE 2883-2022 classifies data sanitization into three categories, similar to NIST’s approach:

  1. Clear: This method prevents simple, non-invasive data recovery using software. It’s a crucial step in protecting sensitive information.
  2. Purge: The purge method ensures that even specialists using advanced techniques cannot access data, allowing for media and device reuse. This level of security is especially valuable when reusing storage devices.
  3. Destruct: The destruct method involves physically destroying devices to render them unusable. While this might be extreme, it is necessary in certain scenarios where data must be completely irrecoverable.
Adhering to IEEE 2883-2022

As organizations increasingly rely on newer data storage technologies like SATA, SCSI, and NVMe drives, the limitations of NIST 800-88 become evident. IEEE 2883-2022 steps in to provide guidance tailored to these advanced technologies.

While the use of IEEE 2883-2022 is not currently mandated, it offers several advantages:

  1. Global Recognition: IEEE standards are globally respected, giving organizations the assurance that they are following widely recognized guidelines for data sanitization.
  2. Adaptation to Modern Tech: IEEE 2883-2022 acknowledges the rapid changes in data storage, making it suitable for the latest hardware and technologies.
  3. Customer Confidence: Adhering to these standards can instill confidence in customers, assuring them that their data can be sanitized securely.
Opal Lock: Your Data Sanitization Partner

To effectively implement IEEE 2883-2022 and adhere to its data sanitization standards, organizations need reliable tools and solutions. Fidelity Height’s Opal Lock is one such solution that specializes in software management of TCG self-encrypting drives, making it an ideal partner in your data sanitization efforts.

Key Features of Opal Lock:

  • Drive Status and Info: Scan and find Opal drives on the system and access drive status and information.
  • Setup: Easily set up a password to lock and unlock drives.
  • Unlock Drives: Unlock access to the drive through a pre-OS boot environment or by using a separate, unlocked Windows system.
  • Query Drive: View additional information about your drive.
  • View Audit Log: Access a drive’s event log for added security.
  • Setup/Remove User: Set up a second password with limited authority for enhanced control.
  • Multi-drive Capability: Manage multiple drives with a single click, streamlining your data sanitization process.
  • USB Password: Save your password to a USB for convenient authentication.

Opal Lock offers different versions, each catering to specific needs:

  1. USB Version: This version supports basic functionalities for up to five USB-mounted Opal Drives. It includes features such as setting up drive encryption, password protection, unlocking drives, changing passwords, and reverting setup.
  2. Standard Version: The Standard version extends support to all basic functionalities for up to five Opal Drives, including internal drives. It also allows for setting up a pre-boot OS environment for unlocking drives when the boot drive is locked.
  3. Premium Version: With the Premium version, you gain access to all functionalities of Opal Lock. This includes managing multiple drives simultaneously with one click, creating a second password with limited authority, and automatically unlocking drives in the pre-boot OS environment using passwords stored on USB.

In an era where data security is paramount, adherence to data sanitization standards like IEEE 2883-2022 is crucial. With Opal Lock’s robust features and support for TCG self-encrypting drives, you can ensure that your data is sanitized securely and in accordance with the latest industry standards.

Secure, certified, and verified – Opal Lock is your partner in data sanitization excellence.


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