NEW POWER… IBM and Seagate use blockchain to tackle counterfeit hard drives

IBM and Seagate have teamed as much as construct a blockchain safety service that may establish counterfeit exhausting drives to stop producers, integrators and enterprise companions being duped by pretend gear.

The expertise is predicated upon¬†IBM’s Blockchain Platform, mixed with Seagate’s Safe¬†Digital ID (eID) after they’re constructed, verifying the authenticity of elements. The jointly-developed initiative will use a novel identifier constructed into the exhausting drives that can be utilized to ensure it is real all through its lifecycle.

‚ÄúBlockchain expertise could be extraordinarily efficient in confirming provenance and authenticity of property,‚ÄĚ mentioned Bruce Anderson, world managing director, electronics business, IBM.¬†

‚ÄúThe flexibility to work with Seagate to mix blockchain with superior cryptographic product identification expertise is what units this work aside, and alerts blockchain‚Äôs potential to reimagine the electronics product life cycle administration processes. Counterfeit digital elements are a worldwide challenge that requires an ecosystem-wide effort to handle.‚ÄĚ

The verification may also make use of Seagate’s¬†Licensed Erase that integrates Seagate’s¬†cryptographic erasure expertise to create a¬†digital certificates that’s digitally signed by the system utilizing the corporate’s¬†public key infrastructure (PKI). That is saved on the¬†blockchain so it can’t be modified, with out affecting information privateness.

Collectively, these applied sciences will guarantee any Seagate exhausting drives have been verified as real and this information will stay safe on the blockchain. When the time comes for the exhausting drive to be taken out of service, the info could be securely erased, adhering to information privateness legal guidelines.

‚ÄúIBM has a confirmed historical past of expertise innovation as evidenced by its market management in blockchain expertise for product provenance in varied industries,‚ÄĚ mentioned Mark Re, senior vp and chief expertise officer at Seagate. ‚ÄúBy combining Seagate‚Äôs improvements in product safety with IBM‚Äôs blockchain experience, we need to show that we may help cut back the incidence of product counterfeiting sooner or later.‚ÄĚ

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