Trenton Systems is partnering with FUTURA Cyber for encryption key management of FIPS 140-2 self-encrypting drives (SEDs)

Oct 26, 2020

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—Trenton Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of made-in- USA computer systems, has partnered with cybersecurity firm FUTURA Cyber to provide customers with access control security management for FIPS 140-2 self-encrypting drives (SEDs), Trenton Systems said in a release.

Trenton Systems designs and manufactures rugged, cybersecure computer systems for defense, aerospace, test and measurement, industrial automation, and other major industries. Futura  Cyber provides services that address complex cybersecurity problems. Its Drive Security Manager (FC-DSM) manages the access control security operations of TCG-enabled storage drives.

“FUTURA Cyber is led by people with an unparalleled depth and experience in cybersecurity, software, and systems engineering,” said Sean Campbell, vice president of sales, marketing, and business development at Trenton Systems, in the release. “Their storage access control and key management solutions are cornerstones to the entire security and information technology infrastructure of government organizations and are a critical component to aligning Trenton’s secure embedded solutions offerings. These technologies will become an integral part of a holistic, strategic cybersecurity plan that Trenton customers can count on and trust.”

Services provided by Futura include access control and key management, cybersecurity advisory services, security orchestration and automation, and incident response services. The company is a Seagate Government Solutions partner and was awarded a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Phase I SBIR Contract in December 2019.

The partnership is Trenton’s third foray into system cybersecurity in recent months. In August,  the company announced its plan for cooperation with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which is now a requirement in many U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. In September, Trenton partnered with Star Lab, a Wind River company, to equip its mission-critical computing with the company’s advanced cybersecurity software.

“FUTURA Cyber is focused on providing solutions for complex cybersecurity problems and teaming with cutting-edge solution partners like Trenton Systems,” said Jim Geary, president of Futura Cyber, in the release. “Collaborating on Trenton’s secure embedded solutions is an exciting next step towards broadening our partner portfolio.”

Partnering with Futura allows Trenton to further strengthen its cybersecurity protections at the hardware level, according to the release.

“We’re thrilled to have FUTURA on board and are looking forward to a fruitful and rewarding partnership,” said Kimberly Carter, strategic account manager at Trenton Systems, in the release. “Our goal with this partnership is to make our rugged computers even more resilient to cyberattacks by helping customers manage their FIPS 140-2 self-encrypting hard disk drives and solid-state drives with access control and key management protection through FUTURA’s Drive Security Manager (DSM). In this way, we’re giving our mission-critical computing solutions an additional layer of data-at-rest protection by helping our customers ensure that their FIPS drives are properly managed, locked, and protected, always.”

Trenton Systems said in the release that it is keenly aware of the increasing need for FIPS 140-2-certified hard disk drives and solid-state drives within military programs and demanding mission-critical applications. The company said that through trusted partnerships with cybersecurity companies like FUTURA Cyber, it is “working to incorporate FIPS 140-2-validated drives and related access control and key management solutions into its systems to help customers further enhance the protection of their controlled unclassified data-at-rest.”

Trenton is currently testing several SEDs in its existing systems to assess hardware compatibility and optimize the drives for eventual FIPS 140-2 validation. The company plans to announce the availability of these drives at a later date. Trenton said its support team is aware of common FIPS drive authentication issues and will work with customers on setting up their specific drives once the company begins offering them.

Trenton Systems ( designs, manufactures, assembles, integrates, tests, and supports numerous made-in-USA computer systems. These include rugged servers, workstations, processor boards, PCIe backplanes, storage systems, blade servers, PCIe expansion kits, mini PCs, and custom high-performance computers for programs and applications operating in harsh environments worldwide.

Founded in 1989, Trenton provides the defense/military, government, industrial, and commercial markets with in-house engineering, testing and support services, computer life cycle planning, and revision control. The company’s computers and components are reported to meet or exceed UL, CE, FCC, ITAR, and military standards (MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, MIL-S-901, DO-160). They are manufactured in the company’s Lawrenceville, Georgia, facility, which is certified to ISO 9001:2019 quality management standards. They are also backed by a five-year warranty and in-house support, the company said.

Futura Cyber ( focuses on the cybersecurity needs of government and private sector clients that require “enterprise-class, innovative, tightly integrated solutions for data-at-rest protection, encryption and key management, and cybersecurity architecture, policy, and analytics.” The company’s cyber security offerings are reported to reduce the cost of security and compliance management by helping organizations implement a cybersecurity strategy as initially envisioned, and more effectively realize the value of existing cyber investments.

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