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Biometric Hard Drive Security System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020375D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Nov-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method of physically and logically securing a hard drive or any number of hard drives in a case-enclosed computer such that theft of the hard drive and hard drive data is prevented with a high degree of certainty. Many laptop and desktop computers have physical arrangements that allow for easy removal of hard drives for system maintenance with no mechanism to block removal by an unauthorized individual. Some known solutions to this problem include hard drive data encryption and case locking mechanisms. The biometric hard drive security system allows for easy maintenance access while still retaining a high degree of physical and information security. This method of securing information is specifically designed to protect mobile and stationary computers that are employed as control systems in critical infrastructure applications.