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A secure SSD disk drive controlled by your smartphone

SoSecure: World’s first encrypted 256-bit AES solid-state hard drive controlled by your smartphone. Giving you control of your data.

A secure SSD disk drive controlled by your smartphone

SoSecure: World’s first encrypted 256-bit AES solid-state hard drive controlled by your smartphone. Giving you control of your data.

£8,874
pledged of £131,000pledged of £131,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 16 2014 7:46 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 16, 2014

About

Benefits & features

  • High performance - Solid-state disk drive
  • Shock resistant – handles everyday bumps and knocks
  • Secure data - hardware level encryption 256-bit AES CBC
  • Ease of use – smartphone controlled
  • Simple backups - Zero Touch Backup
  • Instant data deletion – simple data destroy button
  • Data locking – through smartphone app & automatically when drive is disconnected from your computer

What is the SoSecure drive?

SoSecure is the next generation of high performance solid-state disk drives that encrypt all your data as it’s written to the drive with access to your data controlled by you using your smartphone.

Technology

SoSecure have worked hard to create a new SSD drive that is designed for everyday life. Light, simple to use, rugged and secure. Combining solid-state technology and low energy Bluetooth with an Android / iOS application. The result delivers a world first SSD drive with encryption controlled by your smartphone.

The interfaces

The SoSecure drive has two interfaces. SuperSpeed Micro USB3.0 for using the drive everyday outside of a computer. And SATAII  allowing the drive to be installed inside a computer (only the aluminium case should be installed inside a computer). The other case materials should not be used as internal disks) The SATAII connector is also used for the Zero Touch Backup when drives are used externally to a computer.

SuperSpeed Micro USB3.0 & SATAII connectors
SuperSpeed Micro USB3.0 & SATAII connectors

Zero Touch Backup  - The easiest backup in the world

A backup solution that is so simple it's perfect for busy people. Simply place your SoSecure drive into the ZTB Pod. The Pod checks to see if the backup drive is authorized to receive the data. If it is, the backup starts straight away. The backup moves your data in encrypted form from one drive to the other. There is no de-encrypt and re-encrypt happening. This keeps your data safe during the backup process and also means the backup is encrypted. See the real-time progress on your app or via the lights on the ZTB Pod. You even get your last backup date updated.

The Zero Touch Backup Pod
The Zero Touch Backup Pod

The ZTB process

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A pair of SoSecure Drives that are not paired. This is what happens when they are placed into the ZTB Pod for a backup.

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The App

The simple to use iOS and Android application manages your drive. Simply enter your PIN code to take control.

STATUS – this first screen gives you the status of the drive and quick access to the most used features:

  • Battery level – the real-time battery level in the SoSecure drive
  • ZTB backup progress – If you use the Zero Touch Backup facility then your backup progress in real time will be displayed in this area
  • Last backup – shows the date of the last backup of your drive via ZTB
  • Lock drive – allows the drive to be locked instantly
  • Proximity alert – Makes your phone vibrate and alarm if your drive is taken out of range of your phone. Great if you leave you bag on the train or you’re at a busy café and someone tries to take your bag with your drive in it
  • Lock inactive period – allows you to set the amount of time the drive is inactive before it will lock and then require your authentication to work again. Great if you’re kept away from your desk, the Drive will lock automatically.
  • Stay Alive – is only used when the drive is installed in your computer. It stops the drive from locking if you hibernate your computer. Stay alive lasts for 10 hours after which if you need more time simply switch it on again for another 10 hours. The time remaining is displayed above the button and on the main menu bar of your phone.

SETTINGS – allows you to change preferences and gives you access to additional features:

  • Motion Detection – allows you to know if someone has moved your drive. Switch on and then leave your drive. If it’s moved while you are away, your smartphone will let you know
  • Random keys – makes each PIN pad have a different key layout to make it harder for people to look over your shoulder and also to see where your fingerprints have been
  • PIN attempts – you have the option to set the number of PIN code entry attempts before the drive will make it progressively harder to enter your PIN code. You have between 2 and 10 attempts
  • Change PIN – allows you to change your PIN code. PIN’s can be between 4 and 16 characters in length
  • Drive role – Primary or Secondary. By default the drive is Primary. If you are using ZTB then the drive being used to receive the backup data must be set to Secondary
  • Drive name – allows you to give a description to a drive up to 40 characters, so if you have more than one SoSecure drive you know which one to authenticate with  

Destroy – does exactly that to your data


  • Destroy drive – allows you to change the encryption key on the drive effectively destroying all the stored data and returning the SoSecure drive to a ‘Factory settings’ state. 'crypto erase' as it's called in the trade delivers instant disk sanitization. Great if you quickly want to clear data down, or remove data before you giving your drive to someone else.
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Assigning an Encryption key - At initial Drive setup and after having used the Data Destroy option the SoSecure Drive needs a new encryption key assigning to it. This process takes user input via the Smartphone to generate a numeric digest which is used to salt the system generated encryption key. 

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Application compatibility

The SoSecure application will support

  • iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch with iOS 6.1.3 or higher
  • Android version 4.3 or higher
  • Windows Phone (available later in 2014)

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You choose your case

Make a statement with your choice of SoSecure drive case. Traditional brushed aluminium anodized in Inox (silver), Carbon Fiber, a range of colorful plastics including a clear plastic and finally natural Oak wood.

Aluminium – The aluminium case is milled from two pieces of aluminium which is then given a brushed finish and anodized in Inox. The case is held together by 4 machine head safety screws.

Carbon fiber – This very beautiful case is made from woven carbon fiber which is bonded onto an aluminium frame giving an absolutely distinctive finish.

Plastic – 6 great colors to choose from and clear.Also why not mix black and white or white and black if you want.

White & Black or Black & White
White & Black or Black & White
Clear lets you see what's going on
Clear lets you see what's going on

 Oak – this very exquisite case is hand finished with hard wax oil giving a wonderful natural finish. Milled from a solid, responsibly sourced piece of oak.

Technical specifications

SoSecure design

The design and development of the SoSecure drive has taken more than a year. The drive is the first in the world to have low energy Bluetooth applied to it which is used to communicate with your smartphone and manage the encryption key. 

PCB development
PCB development
PCB & main components
PCB & main components
Software development
Software development
Final touches to the prototype assembly
Final touches to the prototype assembly

The real technical stuff

The SoSecure drive is a new Chipset FDE (Full Disk Encryption) SSD drive that has been designed around security rather than trying to add security to an existing drive like so many other products on the market. There is a huge difference.  

This design approach was not to use an existing stock SSD drive but to start from scratch. Starting from scratch delivers two major benefits. Firstly it's more secure and secondly the drive its much smaller.

The SoSecure drive uses a separate encryption engine in place of using the encryption capabilities of the SSD controller. The crypto engine used is by eNOVA and is 256-bit AES CBC (cipher-block chaining) and certified FIPS 140-2 level 3.

Random generated encryption keys are further salted via two forms of user input. Firstly by using the smartphone's accelerometer and secondly using the smartphone's touch screen. Both truly random inputs generate a very long number which is applied to the encryption key. Salting the key in this way overcomes the computer's inability to generate a truly random number.

Encryption key management which is normally done via software for self-encrypting drives has been moved for the first time to a smartphone application via built-in Bluetooth. This firstly removes the need for software and secondly protects you against keyloggers. It also allows for much easier control over the drive and has allowed many new features to be offered that a normal drive does not have, like Proximity Alert and Motion Detection. Along with easily changed variables like Lock Inactive times and PIN retry attempts.  

Kickstarter rewards

Special rewards – Custom engraving The ‘Custom engraving’ pledge offers a very special one time offer for you to choose the color of your case from 5 colors, Inox, Champagne, Gold, Brown and Black. On top of the choice of color you can also have your drive laser engraved with any vector image you want. (You must provide the vector image and understand the size of the area that is being engraved) This opportunity will never be repeated and is only for Kickstarter, limited to 100 drives of each capacity.

Video example of a tribal art vector being engraved on to anodized aluminium.

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SoSecure timeline

Risks and challenges

Of course all new product developments have risks, but good risk management comes from mitigating risk through good foresight and having secondary solutions in place. The questions Kickstarter backers ask themselves are: 'will the project make it into production?' and 'where is the project on that journey to becoming a product?'

The SoSecure product development has come a long way on that journey with working Drives being stress tested and ready for production. SoSecure specifically wanted to be a long way down the road to production ready prototypes before it approached the Kickstarter community thus reducing the risk to potential backers.

Software apps have been completed for Android and are in development for iOS. The software development risk is low.

The SoSecure Drive production is the next big step. We are working with third party companies that manage the PCB production and mechanical component assembly of the Drives. To ensure quality, these steps of the production process undergo tight quality control, including X-ray inspection of populated PCB's. Once component assembly is complete, the boards are then hand finished and individually checked before being dispatched. Risks in this area are mitigated by getting the right quality control in place during the assembly process.

There are no expensive upfront tooling costs for the SoSecure drive as each case is milled or cast from its material; either aluminium, carbon fiber laminated aluminium, plastic or wood.

Product certification is also an important area and the SoSecure Drive will be tested to comply with FCC standards for Home or Office use, along with Canadian ICES-003, Class B and CE markings. The product is also RoHS compliant. All components used within the Drive are industry standard and we do not anticipate any issues in passing these tests.

Component availability has also been secured by using industry standard components that are readily available from multiple sources.

Funding is required, like most of the technology propositions on Kickstarter, to finance that minimum order quantity of electrical components that always presents a huge capital outlay and prevents many projects from seeing the light of day.

We have developed this technology in partnership with other companies, each very specialized in its own field and this has mitigated a lot of risk from the development journey.

We are confident that from where we are today and if we reach our funding goal, we will be able to deliver to the committed time frames against each pledge.

We are also aware of many security products in Kickstarter that have promised the earth at low prices and have ultimately failed to deliver so far. At SoSecure we have a working product, we have not over engineered the Drive preferring product reliability over excessive functionality. We have a Drive that offers great practical usability for keeping your data safe and easily accessible.

The whole team at SoSecure thank you for your support.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: Get a 64GB SoSecure drive in your choice of case, Aluminium, Colored Plastic or Oak. The final retail price for a 64GB SoSecure will be £228. Thank you for your support and congratulations for being so fast! (Estimated $297)

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: Get a 64GB SoSecure drive in cool Carbon Fiber. The final retail price for a Carbon Fiber 64GB SoSecure will be £262. Thank you for your support and congratulations for being so fast! (Estimated $342)

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: Get a 128GB SoSecure drive in your choice of case, Aluminium, Color Plastic or Oak. The final retail price for a 128GB SoSecure will be £288. Thank you for your support and congratulations for being so fast! (Estimated $375)

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    CUSTOM ENGRAVING: Get a unique 64GB Aluminium SoSecure drive and make it absolutely unique to you with a one-time only opportunity to have your drive custom engraved and with a choice of one of 5 colors. (Original Inox, Black, Champagne, Gold or Brown) The drive will be engraved with your supplied vector image. Thank you for your support.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: A Zero Touch Backup Pod in aluminium with two 64GB SoSecure drives in your choice of case. Be one of the first people in the world to have this unique encrypted backup ZTB Pod. Thank you for your support in pledging for this ZTB Pod & drives.

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    CUSTOM COLOR ZTB: Match your Zero Touch Backup Pod color to your choice in the CUSTOM ENGRAVING pledge. Get a Zero Touch Backup Pod in a choice of 5 colors Original Inox, Black, Champagne, Gold or Brown and two 64GB drives in your choice of color and engraved. Thank you for your support in pledging for this unique color choice and matching ZTB Pod.

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    CUSTOM COLOR: Match your Zero Touch Backup Pod color to your choice in the CUSTOM ENGRAVING pledge. Get a Zero Touch Backup Pod in a choice of 5 colors Original Inox, Black, Champagne, Gold or Brown and two 128GB drives in your choice of color and engraved. Thank you for your support in pledging for this unique color choice and matching ZTB Pod.

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Funding period

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