Below is a list of the recent events and activities of the Drive Trust Alliance (DTA).  For more information on DTA participation in industry initiatives and other events, contact us.


May 13, 2017

Announcing a USB Drive Appliance to

Protect Against Ransomware

The hacker attacks that hit global networks with ransomware in a dozen nations yesterday, crippling operations from telecommunications and transportation to hospitals, underscores the need for effective protection from malware such as this.

The Drive Trust Alliance (DTA) has created a USB drive appliance with up to two terabytes of backup storage that can be configured to automatically protect against ransomware and many other types of malware attacks.

According to Dr. Robert Thibadeau, Chairman of the Drive Trust Alliance, “There are literally millions of computers in the world that are susceptible to ransomware attacks.  These computers are difficult to protect or to have assurance that they are properly backed up as required in case of a ransomware or other malware attack.  The DTA Diamond drive USB appliance is designed to be plugged into the USB port on almost any computer in order to protect it.”

Unique advantages of the DTA USB drive Appliance approach –

  • Works on Legacy host computers that have a USB port
  • Local to a Host, whether a kiosk, desktop, laptop, phone, pad, or server
  • Immune to attacks from the host or host operating system
  • No software to install on the host
  • Specialized for Ransomware detection and remediation
  • Transparent assurance through DTA Open Source

This appliance provides host-centric, OS safe, assurance on existing hosts against failures of other measures to detect or remediate against ransomware and other types of malware.  It is a new protection in a layered protection strategy urged by computer security experts worldwide.

The USB drives will soon be available for order starting at US $399 depending on the size of backup capacity required.  DTA will notify potential customers of the availability of this patent pending USB drive appliance, called Diamond.  FIPS 140 drive certification is available.  Simply provide DTA with a name and email at

The Drive Trust Alliance ( has an educational and technical mission to improve adoption of hardware-encrypting storage technologies. These include Apple iOS devices and Trusted Computing Group ( self-encrypting drive technologies.  The DTA website provides an authoritative single resource on these technologies, including a complete suite of open-source software for managing hardware encryption on Windows, Macs, and Linux.



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Oct. 28, 2015

DTA Presents at Micron Webinar on Self-Encrypting SSDs

Dr. Bob Thibadeau joined Mr. Jon Tanguy, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer at Micron, for the Micron webinar entitled “Storage Security: Why Self-Encrypting SSDs are NOT the norm?”  The audio and corresponding presentation slides for the webinar are available here.


Oct. 1, 2015

Bright Plaza and the Drive Trust Alliance join the Trusted Computing Group as Contributors

As a Contributor to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), the Drive Trust Alliance (DTA) will be able to participate in Work Groups or Special Committee that shape the future of the standards governing self-encrypting drives (SEDs).


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Sep. 24, 2015

DTA at the SNIA Data Storage Security Summit, Santa Clara, CA

Dr. Bob Thibadeau and Dr. Michael Willett both presented at the SNIA Data Storage Security Summit on September 24, 2015, in the Hyatt-Regency Hotel adjacent to the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.

Dr. Thibadeau’s presentation entitled “Personal Cloud Self-Protecting Self-Encrypting Storage Devices” is available as a video through BrightTALK (free registration at BrightTALK required) and available in slide form here.  Dr. Willett’s presentation entitled “Implementing Stored-Data Encryption” is available in slide form here.


Aug. 11, 2015

DTA at the Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA

Dr. Bob Thibadeau and Dr. Michael Willett both attended the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA.

Dr. Thibadeau participated as a panelist of a round table discussion entitled “Storage Security: Back to the Future (Security Track)” along with Dmitry Obukhov (Founder, Data Security Laboratory), Lance Dover (Architecture Manager, Micron Technology), and Joseph Chen (VP Engineering, ULINK Technology).

Dr. Willett gave a presentation entitled “Encrypted SSDs: Self-Encryption Versus Software Solutions,” which is available in slide form here.    Full proceedings are available through the Flash Memory Summit (free, email required).


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Aug. 10, 2015

DTA formed by Bright Plaza, Inc. and Coughlin Associates, Inc.

The Drive Trust Alliance (DTA) is jointly formed by Bright Plaza, Inc. and Coughlin Associates, Inc. Click here for the press release.


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