CipherChain Kit on SCSI-1 or PCI bracket

Have you been looking for a simple and affordable solution to add bulletproof security to your system or your data storage equipment? The Addonics family of CipherChain products is the answer. Designed using the same field proven in both the Addonics Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher AES 256-bit crypto engine (NIST and CSE certified), the Addonics CipherChain is a small encryption module, the size of a compact flash, that can be easily installed into any computing equipment. Practically any desktop PC, server, rack mounted system, kiosk or external storage system can be secured with CipherChain products.
The standard CipherChain comes with one internal SATA host port and one internal SATA device port to encrypt any internal SATA storage device. The CipherChain-e, a model that comes equipped with one internal SATA host port and one eSATA port to secure the data stored in any eSATA storage devices. Both CipherChain uses the same AES 256-bit encryption.

CipherChain
(to encrypt any internal SATA storage device)


Simple to use
Similar to all other Addonics encryption products, the CipherChain are pure hardware solution, meaning there is no software to run, no driver to install, and no password to remember. There is very little user training required to use the CipherChain products. All the user needs to do is to the correct Cipher key before powering on the system or the storage device. The family of CipherChain products can be operated under any operating system and this makes the CipherChain and the CipherChain-e an ideal security solution for organizations with heterogeneous computing environments and legacy systems.

Easy to install
The CipherChain family of products is a simple pass through device that works with any SATA I/II/III hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), or storage device with SATA interface. The SATA hard drive to be encrypted is first connected to the device side of the CipherChain and the host side (blue SATA connector) of the CipherChain, in turn, connects to the SATA port on the system board or a SATA controller. For the CipherChain-e, the device side is equipped with an eSATA port to encrypt any eSATA storage device.

CipherChain (for encypting internal SATA storage)
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Both the CipherChain is a small module that can easily fit into practically any computer or storage equipment. Addonics provides a wide variety of mounting brackets to install the CipherChain and the CipherChain-e into various systems via a 3.5" drive bay, a 5.25" drive bay, a slim CD drive bay, a PCI slot, or the SCSI-I (Centronic 50) punch out commonly found on many external drive enclosures. There is also a dual CipherChain bracket to install up to two CipherChains to encrypt as many as two storage devices in one bracket. Since each CipherChain works independently, a customer may install as many CipherChains as needed for the number of storage devices desired to secure the system. Depending on the security control strategy, a customer may use Cipher keys with the same or different key code for each CipherChain.

Desktop 3.5" Drive Bay
slim CD bay in Rackmount or SFF PC
PCI Slot on any computer
CipherChain on 3.5" drive bay bracket
choice of bracket for single
CipherChain or Dual CipherChain

CipherChain on Slim CD bay bracket
choice of bracket for single CipherChain
or Dual CipherChain

CipherChain on PCI bracket


CCM35MK1

CCM35MK2

CCMSCD1

CCMSCD2

CCMSPC1

CCMSPC2
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Security

CipherChain are full disk encryption solutions, meaning that the boot sector, partition table, and all the information in the drive are encrypted. When the main drive (boot drive) of a system is connected to the CipherChain, the system will be disabled without the Cipher key and storage devices protected by the CipherChain are inaccessible without the Cipher key. If the CipherChain encrypted drive is stolen and then is connected to another system, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data.

The AES 256-bit encryption provided by the CipherChain is considered at the highest level of encryption standard that is, secure enough to protect classified information designated as andldquoTop Secretandrdquo. Customers can raise the security level to a more complex level by simply daisy chaining two or more CipherChains there is no limit as to the number of CipherChains that can be linked together in this set-up. The daisy chaining of two or more CipherChains will raise security to another level when a different person controls each Cipher key. It is impossible to penetrate even the encryption of a single CipherChain.

Daisychaining example with multiple CipherChains (CBC mode*)

Performance
The CipherChain encrypts and decrypts data instantly using a NIST and CSE certified cryptographic AES engine. Unlike software encryption products that depend on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the CipherChain has no impact on CPU utilization. This allows the system CPU to perform its computing tasks at normal speeds. There is also no measurable impact on the performance of the hard drive therefore, there is no noticeable performance difference between a system equipped with or without the CipherChain.

Cipher key
The AES 256-bit Cipher key used for the encryption/decryption in the CipherChain is the same Cipher key used in the Addonics Diamond Cipher drive kit and Ruby Cipher drive kit. As a result, the same encryption key can operate the storage device that has been encrypted by either the CipherChain, Diamond Cipher, or Ruby Cipher drive kit. Customers may also order Cipher keys with the same key codes when ordering multiple CipherChain kits or Cipher keys. The Cipher keys can also be reprogrammed with other codes by using the optional key management system or by sending the keys to Addonics for the reprogramming service (at no charge).

There is no back door for the CipherChain encrypted hard drive if the Cipher key is lost or stolen.
To ensure there is a spare key, every CipherChain kit comes with one pair of Cipher keys. One of these keys should be kept in a safe, secure location and, if needed, can be sent back to Addonics for duplicating additional keys. If one of the two keys is lost, be sure to make a back up of all the data stored inside the encrypted hard drive prior to sending the sole key to Addonics. Addonics is not responsible for keys lost in the mail or the retrieval of the data inside the encrypted hard drive.

 

*CBC mode - Cipher Block Chaining, is a confidentiality mode whose encryption process features the combining ("chaining") of the plaintext blocks with the previous cipher text blocks. In addition to using a given DEK (Data Encryption Key). The security level of a CBC implementation is quadruple trillions times more than that of a single CipherChain.

  • Great for the following applications:
    • Secure or lock down a system from unauthorized access
    • Prevent sensitive data from unauthorized access when the storage device is lost or stolen
    • Shipping or transporting storage devices containing sensitive data
    • Encrypt an entire RAID volume or a specific storage device within a RAID volume
  • Supports encrypting the following storage devices:
  • Choice of models with ECB or CBC mode encryption
  • AES 256-bit encryption - the highest level of encryption standard
  • FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module listed in NIST
  • Full disk encryption. No traceable data when the encrypted drive is connected to any system
  • No training required. Encryption/decryption via a hardware key , just like using a regular key to open a door.
  • Easily mounts into any system via either a drive bay or a PCI slot
  • Installs into external storage enclosures such as Addonics Storage Towers and Storage Rack via the SCSI - 1 punch-out or one of the drive bays.
  • Multiple CipherChains can be daisy chained to achieve incredibly complex security level.
  • High performance - up to 150 MB/sec
  • OS independent - can be used on any system

Cipher Key management system

For organization with large deployment, you may consider managing your own keys by investing into a Addonics Cipher key duplicating system.

  • Onboard AES 256-bit crypto engine
  • SATA I/II/III compliant
  • SATA connectors:
    • Blue - for connecting to host
    • Black - for connecting to device
  • LEDs:
    • Green - for power and the presence of key code
    • Yellow - drive access activity
  • RESET: To clear key code and reset the CipherChains. This also remove the drive icon when the storage device is removed from the CipherChain and the connected SATA supports hot swap
  • Disable RESET jumper - to disable the RESET button.
  • Maximum throughput - 150 MB/sec
  • Small 4-P power connector
  • Input power: 5V @ 150 mA
  • Dimension: 41 x 48.5 x 8 mm (1.61 x 1.9 x .31 in)
  • Weight: 12 g (0.4 oz)
  • Operating temperature and humidity: 0 °C to + 75 °C, 5% - 95% (non-condensing)
  • Storage temperature and humidity: -40 °C to + 85 °C, 5% - 90% humidity

System requirements:

  • Any system with 1 available SATA port
  • Standard 4P Molex power connector or floppy drive power connector
  • One of the following mounting options:
    • PCI slot
    • SCSI- I (Centronic 50) cut out
  • OS: any operating system


Note on Cipher key code

Each pair of Cipher keys is set with a unique key code. When ordering multiple Cipher kits and extra Cipher keys and wish that all the keys be set to the same key code, please provide instructions at the final checkout when placing the order at our online store. Customers may also e-mail the instructions with reference to the sales order number after final checkout. When ordering from an Addonics reseller or distributor, be sure to leave the instructions when placing the order. Keys can be sent back to Addonics at any time if re-coding is desired there is no charge for re-coding keys, the only charge is the return shipping of the newly re-coded keys.

PRODUCTS

CCMSPC1 - (CipherChain ECB kit on SCSI-1 & PCI bracket)
Contents: Single CipherChain ECB module on SCSI-bracket, PCI bracket, 1 pair of AES 256- bit-Cipher keys, Floppy Y-power cable, 18-inch internal SATA cable, user guide,
Price: 75.00
CCMSPC2 - (Dual CipherChain ECB kits on SCSI-1 & PCI bracket)
Contents: Dual CipherChain ECB modules on SCSI-bracket, PCI bracket, 2 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys, Floppy Y-power cable, two 18-inch internal Serial ATA cables, user guide,
Price: 145.00
CCMSPC1-C - (CipherChain CBC kit on SCSI-1 & PCI bracket)
Contents: Single CipherChain CBC module on SCSI-bracket, PCI bracket, 1 pair of AES 256- bit-Cipher keys, Floppy Y-power cable, 18-inch internal SATA cable, user guide,
Price: 89.00
CCMSPC2-C - (Dual CipherChain CBC kits on SCSI-1 & PCI bracket)
Contents: Dual CipherChain CBC modules on SCSI-bracket, PCI bracket, 2 pairs of AES 256-bit Cipher keys, Floppy Y-power cable, two 18-inch internal Serial ATA cables, user guide,
Price: 169.00

ACCESSORIES

CCAES256M (CipherChain, AES 256-bit encryption)
CCAES256M CipherChain with AES 256-bit encryption. Designed using the same field proven Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher AES 256-bit crypto engine, the Addonics CipherChain is a small encryption module that can be easily added onto any computing equipment. Practically any Desktop PC, Servers, Rack Mounted systems, Kiosk or external storage system can be secured with the CipherChain.
Price: 59.95
AACSYSU2 (Cipher key management system)
AACSYSU2 Addonics Cipher key duplication and management system. Use as stand alone key duplicator or for generating key codes for the Cipher key.
Price: 699.00
CCSCBKT1 (SCSI-1 bracket for one CipherChain)
SCSI-1 (Centronics 50-pin) bracket for one Addonics CipherChain module. Can be installed into optional PCI bracket to install into a desktop PC.
Price: 4.50
CCSCBKT2 (SCSI-1 bracket for two CipherChains)
SCSI-1 (Centronics 50-pin) bracket for two Addonics CipherChain modules. Can be installed into optional PCI bracket to install into a desktop PC.
Price: 4.50
PCISCBKT (CipherChain PCI brkt, used /w SCSI1 brkt)
PCI bracket for an Addonics CipherChain module (CCAES256M) when installed with an optional SCSI-1 (Centronics 50-pin) bracket (CCSCBKT1 or CCSCBKT2).
Price: 2.50
AASA4PPC (15-pin SATA - 4P power connector)
AASA4PPC power connector adapter for standard 15-Pin SATA power to 4P power connector
Price: 2.99
AAENKEY256 (1 AES 256-bit Cipher key)
AAENKEY256 1 piece of AES-256-bit encryption key
Price: 9.00
AA4PYFFCBL (4 Pin male to 4 Pin female & floppy pwr )
AA4PYFFCBL 4P male to 4P female and Floppy female Y power cables
Price: 2.99
CKEYEX6 (Cipher key extension cable, 6 feet)
6 feet Cipher key extension cable. Can be used to connect the Cipher key 6 feet from the CipherChain or any Addonics Cipher drive enclosure
Price: 17.95
AASAIDC18I (18" internal SATA data cable)
AASAIDC18I 18" internal Serial ATA data cable. Good for connecting any SATA device to Serial ATA controller.
Price: 3.00